WorldSBK: Tito Rabat returns to Puccetti Kawasaki

Published on May 25, 2023
By Luke Newman

The 2014 Moto2 World Champion makes his return to World Superbikes to replace Tom Sykes at Puccetti Kawasaki.

Tito Rabat will link back up with the Puccetti Kawasaki squad for the remainder of the 2023 season, starting from the next round in Misano. Rabat previously raced for Puccetti Kawasaki in 2021 and 2022, making this the third time he has rode for the team.

The 33-year-old is once again a replacement rider for Puccetti as he takes over from where Tom Sykes left off. In the past the Spaniard has replaced the likes of Lucas Mahias in the Puccetti Kawasaki squad.

Rabat has also made a one off appearance in British Superbikes last season with the TAG Racing Team, he also won his native Superbike Championship in Spain last season as well.

Discussing his return to WorldSBK and Puccetti Kawasaki, Rabat said: “I’m pleased to return to Team Puccetti and Kawasaki. This is a great opportunity for me to return to WorldSBK but also keep up the race pace, because this year I’m competing in MotoE™ where there are not so many races. I’ll try to make the most of this opportunity and help Manuel Puccetti’s team as they continue to develop their bike. I want to have fun of course, and give it my all, but also complete all the races in order to collect as much data as possible. See you all at Misano!”

Team Principal Manuel Puccetti added: “I’m pleased to announce the return of Tito Rabat to our team. In both 2021 and 2022, the Spaniard was tasked with standing in for an injured rider, which is never easy, and he raced without having chance to test, so without knowing our bike. Despite that, Tito always proved to be the consummate professional, with significant experience under his belt in both the Moto2™ and MotoGP™ Championships. It will be a pleasure for us to have him back in the team for their home round at Misano, where our goal will be to continue developing the bike and try to improve on the results scored thus far.”

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