2014 Misano Moto2 Preview - Rabat / Kallio Duel Enters Final Stretch
Marc VDS Racing’s Esteve Rabat leads teammate Mika Kallio

2014 Misano Moto2 Preview

Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio are Marc VDS Racing Team teammates, but with six rounds remaining in the 2014 Moto2 World Championship series, there may be little room for team spirit.

The two have been in a tight points race for much of the season and going into the Misano round, Rabat is but 17 points ahead of Kallio.

The Finn has had the consistency to finish on the podium eight times so far this season; including each of the last five events. Rabat edged Kallio in round 12 at Silverstone by only 0.063 of a second, taking his sixth win of 2014.

Behind that dominating front-running pair in the Silverstone race and in the championship standings, rookie Maverick Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) continues to impress in third place – and at Misano he will be looking to add to his five Moto2™ podiums.

Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert) clipped the back of Viñales’ bike at Silverstone the Swiss rider finished the British Grand Prix in 21st place. He will hope to stand on the podium at the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.

NGM Forward Racing’s Simone Corsi will have to miss the race after having surgery to repair a compound fracture of the left ulna and damaged wrist tendons after crashing at Silverstone. Corsi will be temporarily replaced by 21 year-old Frenchman Florian Marino in the Forward team for round 13.

Federico Caricasulo will replace the injured Tetsuta Nagashima in the Teluru Team JiR Webike team, with the Japanese rider having suffered a fractured right tibia and fibula, a dislocated right shoulder and a right hip fracture in the British Grand Prix.

Nicolas Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2) will return to action at Misano, having missed the visit to England due to a muscle fatigue issue. AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing has announced that Ratthapark Wilairot will join the team at Misano. Wilairot will replace Josh Herrin on the Caterham Suter for the remainder of the 2014 season.