MotoGP » Elias: It’s not too late.


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JT2

July 15, 2009 3:29 PM
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Didnt do what was expected of him so far. Honda must be furious with him. So far de Puniet wiping the floor with him on a inferior machine. Really needs to step up and 6 place finishes for the next 3/4 races with the gap to dovi closing each race is the only way he can save himself - and dont see that kind of consistancy coming from Elias.

For next year will Melandri except a customer bike with simoncelli on a factory bike? If he doesnt could possibly see Elias on de Angelis bike or de Angelis staying....

The Morgue

July 15, 2009 3:44 PM

His factory spec Honda is not as factory as people think. Underfunding means they can't afford the fast parts that are allocated to him.
Another problem is Elias' riding style makes it difficult to get enough heat in the rear tyre. They completely modified the rear now and it seems to be working but my guess is that it is too little too late. He has probably used up the credit he had in MotoGP. If you take into consideration that he won two GP's and had a 2nd and 3rd on the Pramac Ducati last year then you can't conclude that he is a bad rider.
Consistency is not his forte though.

DBL

July 15, 2009 4:01 PM

The Morgue - He has only won 1 MotoGP race, Portugal 2006 he was no better than 5th anywhere else in 2006. All but 1 of his "performances" have come after mid-way through a season, just as the word "contract" is mentioned.

notamsvfan - Unregistered

July 15, 2009 4:59 PM

i have always been a fan of elias and would love to see him do well but given the chances he has had in this paddock i feel maybe he could be closer to the front.it is a shame other riders could not stay in teams long enough to see if they can step up to the mark. he should go to moto 2 next year i think he would do well there

holes - Unregistered

July 15, 2009 5:14 PM

According to Julian Ryder last race, Elias' bike has the factory parts the Repsol team don't want, so it's factory but nothing like the Repsol bikes...

boots boots

July 15, 2009 5:33 PM

Elias seems like a nice guy, a bit crazy with his riding sometimes, but still a fast racer. Unfortunately I think this will be his last season in GP. With the addition of Simoncelli to Gresini, it means only 1 seat is left, and Melandri I would imagine is hot for it so he can stay. My prediction, Elias to WSBK, de Angelis to Moto2. Who knows though, Elias has always turned it up a notch come contract time.

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