Aug 24, 2013
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From a press release
issued by Marc VDS Racing Team
FIM Moto2 World Championship: Esteve "Tito" Rabat. Photo courtesy of Marc VDS Racing Team.
Brno, Czech Republic - 24 August 2013: The Marc VDS Racing Team has reached an agreement with Esteve "Tito" Rabat that will see the 24-year-old Spaniard contest the Moto2 World Championship for the team in 2014 and 2015.
Runner up in the closely contested CEV 125cc Championship in 2006, the same year he made his full time Grand Prix debut, Rabat is currently enjoying his strongest Grand Prix season to date, sitting third in the championship standings as a result of two race wins and two podium finishes in the nine races contested so far.
The Marc VDS Racing Team will announce their full rider line up for the 2014 season in the coming weeks, with the possibility of a second Moto3 rider being added to the team's roster.
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"In Tito I'm confident that we've signed a rider who can challenge for the championship the next two years. His results this season have been impressive and I'm confident that we can take him to the next level, adding consistency to his obvious speed. I'm looking forward to welcoming Tito to the team at the end of this season, but first we must make sure we beat him to the championship title, as he's looking more of a threat with each race."
Marc van der Straten: President, Marc VDS Racing Team
"Over the past four years I think it's fair to say that we've established ourselves as one of the top teams in the Moto2 World Championship. This has been reflected in the calibre of the riders who are now approaching us for a ride next season. We had many to choose from, but Tito Rabat was head and shoulders above the other candidates. This year he's been fast, winning two races and emerging as a title contender during the second half of the season. I believe Tito is a perfect fit for our team. He will be a very welcome addition to the Marc VDS racing family and I'm looking forward to watching him fight for the title from the first race next season."