Esteve Rabat clinched his maiden world championship triumph by finishing third in Sunday’s 19-lap Moto2 race before touchingly dedicating his triumph to his mother, who died two years ago.
|Rabat is swarmed after clinching his first world title|
Photo: Marc VDS Racing
He set the fastest lap of the race on the second, third and fourth lap, playing Kallio at the Finn’s own fast-starting game and establishing an early lead of 0.8 seconds.
Yet Kallio and class rookie-extraordinaire Maverick Viñales set about reeling Rabat in and soon the championship leaders’ strategy would change so that he preserved a podium finish. He eventually finished third, eight seconds behind race winner Viñales.