Team Marc VDS

Team Marc VDS

Esteve Rabat (Tito)

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Elf

Esteve Rabat

Date of birth: 25 May 1989
Place of birth: Barcelona, Spain

Born near Barcelona, in the cradle of Spanish motorsport, Esteve Rabat was given the chance to ride in his first Grand Prix in 2005, when he was just sixteen. The following year, the Catalan took part in much of the 125 cc world championship after retrieving Aleix Espargaro's Honda.  With ten races on the programme, the one they nickname Tito managed to chalk up eleven points to finish the season in 23rd position. The encouraging results enabled him to obtain a full-time job as a rider for the 2007 season.

He was not yet eighteen when he made it to his first podium in China. Finishing eleventh in the overall standings, he retrieved a KTM for the 2008 season. However, he would to wait two more seasons and his arrival in the Blusens STX team before getting back to the podium. Perhaps less talented than some of his compatriots, Tito is a hard worker totally dedicated to his love of competition. It was that selflessness that allowed him to finish the 2010 season in tenth position and switch to Moto2 the following year.

Finishing third in the Indianapolis Grand Prix despite his lack of experience with 4-stroke engines, Rabat appealed to Sito Pons, who decided to take him on in his team alongside Pol Espargaró. Immediately comfortable with the Kalex of the Spanish team, Tito regularly showed his stuff although the ends of races were still a little complicated for him. In 2013, the Catalan gained a new stature by making it to the podium seven times, including three on the top step. Third in the overall standings behind Espargaró and Redding, Rabat attacked the 2014 season flying the flag of the Marc VDS Racing Team with one goal: to win the Moto2 world champion title.

Mission accomplished. With fourteen podiums including seven wins, the Spaniard was in scintillating form from the first to the last race. Starting the 2015 season in the intermediate Grand Prix class to defend his crown, Rabat finished third behind Zarco and Rins. That did not prevent him from recovering a Honda RC213V to debut in MotoGP with Michael Bartholemy's team. Unfortunately, the 2016 season turned into a nightmare for the rookie in the premier class. The Honda is a difficult machine to control and the Spaniard was injured in trying to force the hand of destiny. With twenty-nine points, Rabat finished his first MotoGP championship in twenty-first position. Backed by this experience, he will be trying this year to feature regularly in the points.

2016: 21st in the MotoGP World Championship
2015: 3rd in the Moto2 World Championship
2014: Moto2 World Champion
2013: 3rd in the Moto2 World Championship
2012: 7th in the Moto2 World Championship
2011: 10th in the Moto2 World Championship
2010: 6th in the 125 cc World Championship
2009: 18th in the 125 cc World Championship
2008: 14th in the 125 cc World Championship
2007: 11th in the 125 cc World Championship
2006: 23rd in the 125 cc World Championship

 

Jack Miller

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Elf

Jack Miller

Date of birth: 18 January 1995
Place of birth: Townsville, Australia

Like most Australian riders, Jack Miller discovered motorcycle racing on Queensland's dirt tracks. He was not yet ten years old when he won his first dirt-track title. Attracted by speed, he left all-terrain racing to start on tracks riding a 125 cc with which he took part in the Australian national championship in 2009. Convinced that his future lay in Europe, he moved the following year to race in Spain and Germany. That was where he made his mark in 2011, racing his first Grands Prix as a wild card.

The following year, he rode the whole of the world championship in the new Moto3 class. He scored seventeen points to finish twenty-third at the end of the season on the Honda NSF250R of Caretta Technology. He rode a Honda-FTR the following year, flying the flag of the Racing Team Germany. Even if he had yet to make it to the podium, Miller became one of the main contenders in the Moto3 category behind the untouchable Spanish riders. His excellent performance earned him a bike in the KTM factory team. In 2014, managed by Aki Ajo, he led the standings throughout the first part of the season.

Eventually defeated by Álex Márquez, Miller won the title of vice-champion and moved up directly to MotoGP with the LCR Honda team. Although he had everything to learn about an extremely difficult machine to ride, the young Australian managed to win in the Open class on his home turf at Phillip Island. Nineteenth in the overall standings late in the season, he signed with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS to benefit from an RC213V alongside Tito Rabat. Unfortunately, the Australian was injured in training even before the first test sessions for Sepang.

Forced to start the championship without having really been able to prepare, Miller found himself in trouble with a still very nervous Honda. But in the beating rain of the Netherlands leg, the Marc VDS rider succeeded the feat of scoring his first victory in MotoGP. Unfortunately, Jack was injured again in Austria. Hurt in the back, he had to skip three Grands Prix. Now one hundred percent again, the Australian intends to regularly make it to the top ten this season.

2016: 18th in the MotoGP World Championship
2015: 19th in the MotoGP World Championship
2014: 2nd in the Moto3 World Championship
2013: 7th in the Moto3 World Championship
2012: 23rd in the Moto3 World Championship
2011: First 125 cc Grand Prix
2010: German 125 cc Champion
2009: Starts in the Australian 125 cc Championship
2008: First speed races