Rabat returns for Qatar testing

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Marc VDS Honda MotoGP rider Tito Rabat will be taking
part in this week’s three-day testing in Qatar having recovered
from fractures to his hand and foot.

The 27-year-old Spaniard suffered a fracture to the distal
phalanx in the right foot and a distal fracture of the radius
and a fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his right hand after
crashing during the first pre-season test at Sepang when he
fell at Turn 11.

Rabat, who was also forced to miss the second test at Phillip
Island due to a left knee laceration, has now been given the
all-clear for Qatar and will be joining teammate Jack Miller
for the last test before the opening race of the year at Losail
on March 26.

In an interview, Rabat confirmed that he would be at Qatar even
though he was not 100% fit yet.

“The last four weeks have been all about rehabilitation,
working with the physiotherapist to recover from the injuries
and also the surgery,” said Rabat.

“I am still not back to full fitness but I’m fit to ride and
although we’ll need to take the injuries into account in Qatar,
this won’t stop us from enjoying a productive test.

“This test isn’t about pushing for a lap time; it’s about
working with my crew, rebuilding my confidence with the bike
and ensuring we are as well prepared as it’s possible to be
when we return for the first race of the season.”

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