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MotoGP rookie Rabat targets top-ten finishes for 2016

MotoGP rookie Tito Rabat has targeted some top-ten finishes in his first year of MotoGP and says he is still learning his way around the near-works Estrella Galicia Honda RC213V.

Rabat, who stepped up with the Marc VDS team from Moto2, says he grown in confidence over pre-season despite a number of crashes and believes he can learn a lot from the first practice art Qatar next weekend.

"Being a rookie in the class, the first step will be to get the best out of myself, the bike and the team. Those are the basics. After that, I want to continue to evolve. I think a good result would be finishing races in the top ten. It would be very positive and allow us to do bigger things,” said Rabat.

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"It has been a difficult preseason because of everything that comes with it being my first time on a MotoGP bike. In every test we work hard with the tyres or the electronics. It is already difficult moving up to MotoGP, but with these changes, it has been a little trickier even than normal. The good news is that, despite the crashes we've had, our confidence has only grown. I feel better on the bike and am going faster every time I ride."

"Although we are still far off, I think that everything I've learned, I've applied to my riding the following day. Now we have to put everything we have learned in testing into practice in Qatar. At a Grand Prix you learn more, because you see more riders in action. At a test they might slow down, but on a race weekend they have no choice but to push. You discover new lines, new ways to ride and evolve faster."

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