Conditions were cool and sunny at Motorland Aragon in Spain for the final day of the tenth WorldSBK round. Tito Rabat, having qualified nineteenth in yesterday’s Superpole, was forced to retire from race 1 due to a technical problem.
This morning the Spaniard lined up for the Superpole race, which runs over a distance of just ten laps. His bike features a special livery dedicated to historic sponsor GiVi, which has long supported Manuel Puccetti’s team. Starting from row seven, Tito was able to make up two positions in the limited laps available, crossing the line seventeenth.
Race 2 got underway in the afternoon and ran over eighteen laps. Rabat did not make the fastest start and was lying twentieth through the opening laps. Once he got into a rhythm, the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider climbed back up to close the race in eighteenth place, first of the Kawasaki private riders.
The next WorldSBK round will take place from 29 September to 1 October at the Autodromo do Algarve in Portimao, Portugal
Motorland Aragon – Alcaniz – Spain
Superbike World Championship
Superpole Race: 1) Bautista (Ducati) – 2) Rea (Kawasaki) – 3) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 4) Locatelli (Yamaha) – 5) Rinaldi (Ducati) – 6) Lecuona (Honda) …….. 17) Rabat (Kawasaki)
Race 2: 1) Bautista (Ducati) – 2) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 3) Rinaldi (Ducati) – 4) Rea (Kawasaki) – 5) Bassani (Ducati) – 6) Lecuona (Honda) – 7) Oettl (Ducati) …….. 18) Rabat (Kawasaki)
“In the Superpole Race I immediately pushed hard but over just ten laps I couldn’t do more than seventeenth place. In the second long race I struggled to find good feeling with the bike but was nevertheless able to make up a few places. We need to continue to work to understand how to best exploit the potential of our bike. A big thanks to the team for their great week this weekend.”