Tito Rabat
Country Spain
Date of Birth 1989-05-25
Age 29 years
Birth Place Spain
Major Teams Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Playing Details Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

Biography

Esteve ‘Tito’ Rabat, a former Spanish 125 championship runner-up, joined the World Championship on a permanent basis in 2006 when he inherited Aleix Espargaró’s Honda, and rode 10 GPs to collect 11 points. The following season, his first full campaign, he took a podium in China, but would have to wait a further two full seasons before he again stepped onto the rostrum.

He did so twice in 2010 for the Blusens-STX team, and in 2011 made the step up to Moto2™ from the 125cc class, remaining with the same team. The Spaniard faced 2012 at the controls of the Kalex Moto2™ of the Pons Racing team, where he bettered his final tenth place ranking of 2011 to seventh, scoring a podium on the way.

He stayed with Pons for 2013, achieving an emotional first Grand Prix victory at Jerez and clinching two more wins at Indianapolis and Sepang; he could have been a title contender, had it not been for a poor end to the season. For 2014, Rabat headed into the year as a title candidate, as he switched to the Marc VDS Racing Team alongside Finland’s Mika Kallio.

Rabat would not disappoint, notching up regular podiums and race wins to seal the title by round 17 at Sepang with a race to spare. In 2015 his aim was to become the first rider to retain the intermediate class title since the category was restructured as Moto2™, but a collarbone and wrist break seriously hindered his chances, the latter forcing him to miss races in Japan, Malaysia and Australia.

Rabat scored three wins, including a final victory from pole in Valencia before moving up to the MotoGP™ class in 2016 with the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team. Rabat was the only rookie in the MotoGP™ class in 2016.