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MotoGP World Championship, Italian Grand Prix05.06.2017


Rabat and Miller score points

Tito Rabat and Jack Miller scored precious points on the Mugello circuit. Eleventh to take the chequered flag, and the second Honda rider, the Spaniard is well prepared for the next race that will take place on his home turf of Montmelo.

The Races

As in Le Mans a fortnight ago, Tito Rabat crossed the finishing line of the Italian Grand Prix almost in the top ten. The day before, the rider of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS showed his mettle by obtaining his best place in the qualifying sessions since his beginnings in MotoGP. Starting from the fourth row, Rabat rode a good part of the race behind Crutchlow and Pedrosa who eventually crashed in the final lap.

“I’m pleased because this is the first time that I’ve finished so close to the leaders,” said Rabat.

Handicapped by his injured hand at Le Mans and lacking confidence in the front axle of his Honda, Jack Miller rode a wise race by just taking the point for fifteenth place. In Moto2, Alex Marquez fought from start to finish for the victory with Pasini and Lüthi. He finally finished third, making it his second podium of the season. Franco Morbidelli, the pole position holder, finished fourth.

“I lacked rhythm and I was thinking about the championship above all,” said the leader in the overall standings.

In Moto3, Kornfeil and Pulkkinen finished twentieth and twenty-seventh respectively.

The Championship

Having now chalked up 30 points, Jack Miller has finished the first third of the MotoGP championship ranking twelfth place overall. Tito Rabat has moved up a place, and is now sixteenth. In Moto2, Morbidelli remains a solid leader. The Italian rider still has a thirteen-point lead over Lüthi. Marquez has consolidated his third place. In Moto3, Kornfeil has not changed his twenty-fourth position.

The Background

Since May 22 and the tragic disappearance of Nicky Hayden, victim of a traffic accident while training on a bike on a road in Italy, the World of Motorcycle Grand Prix is in mourning. MotoGP world champion in 2006, Nicky Hayden was not only a great rider, but also and above all exemplary as a person and liked by one and all. The last American to have won the Grail that every rider dreams of achieving, Nicky decided last year to refocus his career on the Superbike World Championship. But the Kid of Kentucky had not completely turned away from Grand Prix racing. In 2016, he was seen in the paddock of the MotoGP championship again, this time wearing a new suit as a replacement rider. In Alcaniz last October, Michael Bartholemy called on him to take charge of the Honda RC213V ridden by Jack Miller after he had been injured. Nicky lived up to the trust placed in him by the Belgian team by finishing fifteenth and scoring a point.

“With Hayden’s death, motorcycle racing has lost one of its greatest ambassadors,” said the manager of the team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS sadly today.