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Possibly the hardest working rider in MotoGP™, ‘Tito’ Rabat’s switch to Ducati machinery after two lacklustre seasons with Honda has been a revelation.
With a previous best finish of ninth in his 35 premier class starts with the Marc VDS Honda Squad, Rabat scored two top-10 finishes in his first three outings this season, showing flashes of the brilliance that won the likeable Spaniard the 2014 Moto2™ World Championship.
His Grand Prix debut came with a wildcard appearance at the 2005 season-ending Spanish Grand Prix before five full seasons in the 125cc feeder category, where he picked up three third-place finishes, with a best overall placing of sixth in the championship.
He changed his focus to the Moto2™ category for the 2011 season and after switching to Kalex machinery for his second season, his results started to improve. By 2013, he was a regular front runner and finished third overall after a string of podiums.
He took the ultimate prize the following season amassing 14 podiums and seven wins.
Opting to defend his title in 2015, which was hindered by injury, Rabat made the switch to the MotoGP™ class in 2016. He has renewed his contract and will continue with the Avintia Ducati squad for 2019.
Rabat has not won in Australia, his highest placing being third in the Moto2™ class in 2014. He was not able to compete at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2018 due to injuries suffered earlier in the year, and will be looking to make a bigger impact to secure a long term ride from 2019.