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Rabat withdraws from Japanese GP after penalty

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Rabat withdraws from Japanese GP after penalty
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Avintia Ducati MotoGP rider Tito Rabat has withdrawn from Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

Rabat was due to start the race from the pitlane - and with a five-second penalty - after having picked up a penalty for exceeding his season-long allocation of seven engines.

The Spaniard, who was 21st-fastest on Friday, did not take part in Q1 on Saturday.

Now Rabat has decided not to take part in the Motegi race, a choice not only influenced by his penalty but also an injury to his right hand, reportedly picked up in a training crash.

It means the grid for the Japanese GP is reduced to 22 bikes, with Suzuki wildcard Sylvain Guintoli the only additional rider taking part this weekend.

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Tito Rabat, Avintia Racing

Tito Rabat, Avintia Racing

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Series MotoGP
Event Japanese GP
Drivers Tito Rabat
Teams Avintia Racing
Author Jamie Klein