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GP Week : Issue 206
MOTOGP >>> nEWs aNOThER RabaT SEaSON Tito Rabat (centre above) will continue in Moto2 with Marc VDs next season. The Championship leader has ruled out any move to MotoGP and may become the first man to defend the title in the intermediate class since Marco Simoncelli, who won the 250cc title in 2008 but lost out to Hiroshi Aoyama the following season. “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?” said Rabat. “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.” The team had made plans to move to MotoGP next season, but last week ruled out making the move until 2016, when the premier class will have a new tyre supplier. The Rabat news reinforces rumours he will be central to their plans. Team president Marc van der Straten was pleased to have kept his lead rider for 2015. “When you have a rider in your team that isn’t just leading the championship but pretty much dominating it, then you know that MotoGP teams are going to be knocking on his door, and that’s exactly what’s happened with Tito this season,” he said. “But, despite the offers, he’s made the decision to remain with the Marc VDS Racing team for another season and I’m proud that he feels his future lies with us.” Rabat has won four of the none Moto2 events this year and leads the championship on 170 points, 19 up on teammate Mika Kallio. The British marque Brough superior will make a return to GP racing at silverstone, with confirmation that the make will fill a Wildcard entry at the British GP. local rider luke Mossey will compete on board the team’s carbon fibre Carbon 2 machine in the Moto2 event. The Brough superior team is owned by California-based Britons Paul Taylor and john Keogh, whose unique bike has received input from noted Formula 1 engineers john McQuillan and steve Nichols. The brand, which was once closely associated with the likes of T.e. lawrence (aka lawrence of Arabia), was bought by British engineer Mark upham in 2013. The company has plans to return to the marketplace next year with its ss100 model, which will be the first new motorcycles to go on sale wearing the Brough superior in 75 years. LOOk, IT'S SupERIORmaN 19 GPWEEK.com // 19 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: