Esteve Rabat will stay in the Moto2 class for a fifth season after signing a contract extension with Marc VDS Racing for 2015. The Spaniard currently leads the championship by 19 points from teammate Mika Kallio but today’s news means he won’t follow the four previous champions up into MotoGP should he clinch the title.
Instead, Rabat is not only targeting the intermediate crown but is hoping to become the first rider in Moto2 history to defend the championship in 2015.
“I’m happy to stay with Marc VDS in 2015 for a number of reasons, but the main one is because they are as committed to winning races as I am. I have a good team of people around me and they ensure I have everything I need to win, so why would I go anywhere else? Now everything is sorted we can focus on doing what we set out to do at the beginning of the season, which is to win races and the championship. Nobody has ever won the Moto2 World Championship and then returned the following year to defend the title, so I hope I will be the first.”
Graduating to MotoGP had been an option for Rabat but Marc VDS Team Principal Michael Bartholemy is delighted that the 25 year old has pledged his future to them.
“Obviously I’m pleased that Tito will remain with the Marc VDS Racing Team next year, as I know he’s had quite a few offers to make the step up to MotoGP next season. That he’s made the decision to remain with the team now, rather than waiting, also shows just how committed he is to the job at hand. With the decision about his future made, he can focus completely on his main goal for this season; winning his and the team’s first ever World Championship title.”