Rabat Beats Rins to Keep Title Hopes Alive

Tito Rabat won an enthralling head-to-head battle with Alex Rins to claim victory in the Grand Prix of Aragon, ensuring the championship will remain alive heading to Japan in two weeks’ time. Rabat kept his compatriot at bay on the last lap to take his second win of the year while champion-elect Johann Zarco had his worst race since the season opener in Qatar, limping home in sixth.

The race was lit up in the early stages by a fast-starting Sam Lowes who grabbed the lead from Rins on lap one. The Paginas Amarillas rider fought back before the end of lap one but any advantage he may have gained soon disappeared upon the arrival of the red flags. A collision between Xavier Simeon and Dominique Aegerter at turn fifteen left the Swiss rider requiring trackside treatment and race direction took the sensible option to halt proceedings.

After a half-hour delay, the race restarted over fourteen laps with all riders starting from their original grid positions. That handed Rabat the chance to succeed where he had failed on the initial start and keep Lowes’ Speed Up at bay. The reigning champion couldn’t prevent Rins taking the early lead once again but he didn’t have Zarco to worry about as the Frenchman quickly fell backwards.

As the shortened race reached half-distance, Rabat burst into life and outbraked Rins into turn one but try as he might, Tito couldn’t break away from the championship rookie. This put Rins in the perfect position for a last lap attack and on the way into turn twelve, Alex dived for the inside of the Marc VDS Kalex. Rabat was wise to the manoeuvre though and immediately regained the lead and after placing his machine perfectly on the back straight, denying Rins a slipstream, Rabat had done enough to clinch a much-needed victory.

Sam Lowes rode a lonely race to third, ending his five race streak without a podium finish, while Jonas Folger took his best result since winning at Jerez in fourth. Thomas Luthi was a distant fifth but he still managed to beat an off-form Johann Zarco who held off Hafizh Syahrin for sixth. Takaaki Nakagami was eighth for IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia while Forward Racing teammates Simone Corsi and Lorenzo Baldassarri completed the top ten.



11. Tito RabatKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS26:25.125
240. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+0.096
322. Sam LowesSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+5.364
494. Jonas FolgerKalexAGR Team+7.363
512. Thomas LuthiKalexDerendinger Racing Interwetten+16.723
65. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport+16.989
755. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+17.086
830. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+18.056
93. Simone CorsiKalexForward Racing+18.658
107. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Racing+19.656
1136. Mika KallioSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+20.090
1249. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team+20.222
1311. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP+21.043
1425. Azlan ShahKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+22.384
1523. Marcel SchrotterTech 3Tech 3+26.017
1697. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3+34.464
174. Randy KrummenacherKalexJIR Moto2+34.658
1888. Ricard CardusSuterJPmoto Malaysia+34.727
1970. Robin MulhauserKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten+37.335
202. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG+44.018
2166. Florian AltSuterIodaRacing Team+44.275
2210. Thitipong WarokornKalexAPH PTT The Pizza SAG+44.604
2396. Louis RossiTech 3Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+54.320
NC32. Federico FuligniSuterTeam Ciatti+1 Lap
NC73. Alex MarquezKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+7 Laps
NC60. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+10 Laps
NC57. Edgar PonsKalexItaltrans Racing Team+11 Laps
NC19. Xavier SimeonKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+12 Laps
NC39. Luis SalomKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+12 Laps
NS77. Dominique AegerterKalexTechnomag Racing InterwettenInjured
NS64. Federico CaricasuloKalexItaltrans Racing Team