Esteve Rabat began making a name for himself while competing in the Spanish national 125cc CEV Championship. In 2005, he finished the series in 10th, and 2006 he was runner-up for the title.
Rabat planned on honing his skills in the CEV series through 2006 while attending the three GP races that would be held in Spain that year. However, things changed when Aleix Espargaro made move up to the 250cc class mid-season and Rabat was offered his ride with Repsol Honda to finish out the 125cc season - which he did. He rode the last 10 races that year and earned himself 11 points.
Esteve stayed with Repsol Honda in 2007 and 2008, on KTM machinery. He won his first podium in 2007, and managed to finish the season just outside the top ten. He didn't fair so well in 2008, and subsequently moved to the Blusens Aprilia team for 2009. That year didn't bring him much more fortune than previous years, finishing 18th overall with a best-finish of 7th.
2010 was much more promising for Rabat. Still with Blusens Aprilia, he managed 2 podium finishes, 147 total points and an impressive 6th place overall in the final standings. This year, he will continue to ride for Blusens aboard an FTR, as he steps up into the Moto2 category with teammate Yonny Hernandez.
Esteve Rabat #34 - Blusens STX
Born: May 25, 1989
Esteve Rabat 2011 Moto2 Results
Announced as a new 4-stroke MotoGP World Championship class in 2010, Moto2 replaced the 250cc category. Moto2 is intended to be a prestigious yet cost-effective accompaniment to the premier class of MotoGP. Some of the key characteristics of this category of Grand Prix racing are a single engine supplier and a single tyre supplier. Honda Racing Corporation was chosen as the engine supplier, while Dunlop, currently present in the 125cc World Championships provide the tyres.
Moto2 technical specifications - in a nutshell
Powered by a one-make 600cc 4-stroke engine, producing around 150hp, the Moto2 class will continue the 250cc series' pursuit of developmental excellence with the running of a prototype chassis -free from limitation.
No production bike parts will be permitted for the frame, swing arm, fuel tank, seat or cowling, meaning that these aspects of the machine will be left to the manufacturer and designers' discretion.
Electronic systems will be more limited than those previously permitted in 250cc, which had seen select factories bringing in traction control in recent years. Moto2 rules will allow for data loggers, ECU and timing transponders supplied by the organiser, with a maximum total cost of the ECU's components set at 650 euros. No other electronic control, nor datalogging systems, will be present on the bikes.
Experience the excitement of the Premier Season of Moto2 Racing as Esteve Rabat rides to capture his first Moto2 Championship crown.