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Esteve Rabat Storms to a Brilliant Moto2 Win in Sepang

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Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex's Esteve Rabat stormed to a brilliant win in the Honda-powered Moto2 race yesterday afternoon in Sepang at round 14 of the 2013 World Moto2 Gp Championship to strengthen his outside challenge for this years title.

The Spaniard started from pole position and quickly made the shortened race, which had been stopped and restarted after a lap one pile-up, all his own.

During the 12 laps no one got close to Rabat, who last won a race at Indy in August ‰ÛÒ and he took the chequered flag 1.5 seconds ahead of team-mate Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) who won a tense duel for second place with Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Suter).

‰ÛÏIt was a very difficult race ‰ÛÒ so hot!" Rabat stated. "I got a good start and pushed from the beginning, then came the crash and the red flags.

"In the restart my tyres felt good so I could push immediately. But I made a mistake ‰ÛÒ for 12 laps I thought a water bottle wasn‰Ûªt necessary, but it was! I had some front and rear chatter, especially at turns five and six, where I lost time compared to yesterday.

"I‰Ûªm very happy with this result, so my congratulations to the team. Now we go to Australia and try to do the same. The title is not impossible ‰ÛÒ I have nothing to lose and everything to gain," he added.
Pol Espargaro made it a 1-2 for his Kalex team - Credit: Honda Racing
Second placed Espargaro was happy with his result after a slow start to the weekend.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm happy, especially because the weekend didn‰Ûªt start so well for us.," Espargaro explained after the race. "I had a very bad FP1, then FP2 was even worse ‰ÛÒ I didn‰Ûªt have a good feeling with the bike.

"Yesterday we tried something completely different and tried a very different setting to give me more grip. We think this setting may also help us at other tracks.

"I was so fast in qualifying, which helped me relax more for the race, but I wasn‰Ûªt so good with a full tank and new tyre. I think the restart helped me a lot.

"I pushed at the end but it was impossible to catch Tito [Rabat]," he concluded.
Thomas Luthi rounded out the podium in Sepang - Credit: Honda Racing
Luthi was hopeful of a better position at the finish after being right up in the mix all race, but with a fading rear tyre he had to settle for the final spot on the podium.

‰ÛÏI had some rear-grip problems at the end, so I think the shorter race helped me." Luthi commented. "Tito had such a good pace, so I overtook Pol as quickly as I could and tried to stay close to Tito, but it was impossible.

"Then my rear tyre went down and I lost a lot of traction out of the corners, which is why I was put back into third place. Overall, a good weekend though, and I had a lot of fun here.‰Û
Moto2 Podium - Credit: Honda Racing
Moto2 Race Results Round 14 - Sepang
1 Esteve Rabat 25m45.411s ESP KALEX Tuenti HP 40
2 Pol Espargaro 1.563 ESP KALEX Tuenti HP 40
3 Thomas Luthi 2.910 SWI SUTER Interwetten Paddock Moto2
4 Mika Kallio 4.814 FIN KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
5 Dominique Aegerter 7.352 SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
6 Johann Zarco 9.790 FRA SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
7 Scott Redding 9.840 GBR KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
8 Takaaki Nakagima 11.894 JPN KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
9 Jordi Torres 12.302 ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
10 Julian Simon 15.524 SPA KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
11 Simone Corsi 16.190 ITA SPEED UP NGM Mobile Forward Racing
12 Danny Kent 25.191 GBR TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
13 Anthony West 25.982 AUS SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
14 Ricard Cardus 26.040 SPA SPEED UP NGM Mobile Forward Racing
15 Marcel Schrotter 26.380 GER KALEX Desguaces La Torre SAG/Zelos
16 Hafizh Syahrin 29.369 MAL KALEX Petronas Raceline Malaysia
17 Louis Rossi 30.154 FRA TECH 3 Tech 3 Racing
18 Gino Rea 35.653 GBR FTR Gino Rea Race Team
19 Nicolas Terol 35.723 ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
20 Alex Marinelarena 36.012 ESP HONDA TargoBank Motorsport


Moto2 Championship Standings After Round 14 of 17:
1 Scott Redding 224 pts
2 Pol Espargaro 215 pts
3 Esteve Rabat 196 pts
4 Mika Kallio 156 pts
5 Takaaki Nakagima 138 pts
6 Dominique Aegerter 133 pts
7 Johann Zarco 123 pts
8 Thomas Luthi 110 pts
9 Nicolas Terol 108 pts
10 Jordi Torres 90 pts
11 Simone Corsi 79 pts
12 Xavier Simeon 71 pts
13 Julian Simon 63 pts
14 Alex De Angelis 46 pts
15 Mattia Pasini 42 pts
16 Anthony West 42 pts
17 Marcel Schrotter 29 pts
18 Toni Elias 21 pts
19 Randy Krummenacher 20 pts
20 Mike De Meglio 18 pts

Top Image: Esteve Rabat kept his 2013 Championship dream alive with a win in Sepang.
Credit: Honda Racing

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