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MotoGP World Championship, Silvertone Grand Prix (GB)28.08.2017


Rabat scores points

Although he only qualified for the last row of the starting grid at Silverstone, Tito Rabat managed to climb back up to twelfth place and add four points to his standings. The Spanish rider had not finished in the top fifteen since the Dutch Grand Prix.


The Races

Although he had difficulty during the practice test sessions and was only twenty-first on the starting grid, Tito Rabat did a good job. Taking advantage of a good start and an excellent first lap, the Marc VDS rider quickly moved into the middle of the pack before climbing back up to twelfth place two laps from the finish, overtaking Karel Abraham. Jack Miller had power control problems and had to settle for sixteenth place. In Moto2, Alex Marquez and Franco Morbidelli made the show by fighting it out for first place for a dozen laps, until the Spaniard crashed after making a mistake in his bike’s trajectory and the Italian had a clutch problem. Franco nonetheless managed to make it to the third step of the podium, while Alex bravely climbed back up to fourteenth place to score two points. In Moto3, Fornfeil and Pulkkinen rode the race in vain. The Czech finished twenty-third, the Finn twenty-fourth.

The Championship

While Tito Rabat has kept his eighteenth position, Jack Miller has lost a place in the MotoGP overall classification. The Australian is now fourteenth. In Moto2, Morbidelli has increased his lead at the top of the championship. The Italian is now twenty-nine points ahead of Thomas Lüthi. Marquez has kept his third place but the Swiss rider has increased his lead over him to thirty-nine points. There is no change in the MotoGP standings. Kornfeil remains twenty-seventh while Pulkkinen has still not made it to the standings.

The Background

With the announcement of Thomas Lüthi’s signature on the eve of the British Grand Prix, the 2018 season is now clearly set for the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS.

 It was important to be able to finalize the last contracts before attacking the last straight of the championship. We can now concentrate on winning the Moto2 world championship title with Franco.

 Michael Bartholemy

Now that he’s been promoted next year to the premier-class category, Morbidelli will team up with his current rival in the race for the title.

We had several options for finding the rider we were looking for to complete our MotoGP 2018 team; Thomas was chosen unanimously although he has never raced in this category. He’s been world champion in 125cc and his regularity during his seven seasons in Moto2 is simply incredible, his worst result being a sixth place in 2013. He’s still got what it takes in Moto2, and this year he’s the one who’s doing the most to help us win the world championship title. We’re very happy we can let him move up to the premier-class category.

Marc van der Straten, president of VDS Racing

In Moto2, Alex Marquez will team up with Joan Mir, the current leader in the Moto3 World Championship.