Rabat Signs Off with Valencia Moto2 Win

by Louis Suddaby

Tito Rabat marked his final race in the intermediate class before moving up to MotoGP in fine style with a lights-to-flag victory at Valencia. The 2014 champion was faultless despite race-long pressure from Alex Rins who secured the runner-up spot in the championship with second place.

Rabat made a superb getaway initially to lead Johann Zarco around the first corner but the next time he arrived there, the red flags were there to greet him. A mistake from Hafizh Syahrin at turn two on the opening lap had sent him straight into Franco Morbidelli’s Italtrans Kalex while several other riders were skittled out in the process. With riders requiring treatment and machines to clear away, race direction were left with no option but to stop the race.

After a 20 minute delay, racing restarted over 18 laps with Rabat producing a carbon copy of his original start. Zarco botched his second launch though and fell to sixth with Thomas Luthi leading the chase of Rabat up front. The Swiss rider was soon shuffled back to third on lap three with Rins easing through at turn eight and from there, the fight for victory was very much a two-horse race.

Rins kept his compatriot honest for lap-after-lap but despite his best efforts, Tito would always keep him at arm’s length and a third victory of 2015 was his reward. Rins earned his own reward, with P2 enough to ensure he would pip Rabat to second in the world championship, something only Marc Marquez has been able to do before as a Moto2 rookie.

Lorenzo Baldassarri was an exceptional fourth ahead of Sam Lowes who secured fourth overall with fifth this afternoon. Luis Salom saw off a subdued Johann Zarco for sixth while Axel Pons, Simone Corsi and Mika Kallio rounded out the top ten.



11. Tito RabatKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS28:48.831
240. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+0.309
312. Thomas LuthiKalexDerendinger Racing Interwetten+3.347
47. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Racing+3.644
522. Sam LowesSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+5.140
639. Luis SalomKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+9.499
75. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport+9.834
849. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team+11.197
93. Simone CorsiKalexForward Racing+11.611
1036. Mika KallioSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+17.311
1130. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+20.784
1273. Alex MarquezKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+21.296
1311. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP+21.455
1494. Jonas FolgerKalexAGR Team+21.560
1523. Marcel SchrotterTech 3Tech 3+24.669
1619. Xavier SimeonKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+28.190
1797. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3+28.537
1860. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+28.762
1988. Ricard CardusSuterJPmoto Malaysia+29.017
2066. Florian AltSuterIodaRacing Team+29.297
214. Randy KrummenacherKalexJIR Moto2+30.788
2270. Robin MulhauserKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten+32.028
2310. Thitipong WarokornKalexAPH PTT The Pizza SAG+37.044
242. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG+37.107
2532. Federico FuligniSuterCiatti+47.239
2616. Joshua HookKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten+47.901
NC90. Lucas MahiasTransfiormersPromoto Sport+5 Laps
NC57. Edgar PonsKalexItaltrans Racing Team+15 Laps
NC21. Franco MorbidelliKalexItaltrans Racing TeamInjured
NC55. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline MalaysiaInjured
NS25. Azlan ShahKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaInjured
NS96. Louis RossiTech 3Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2Injured

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