MotoGP » 'Stubborn' Elias looking to restart at Jerez

"I feel confident ahead this race because I am very stubborn and the crew will help me to adjust the bike for the Jerez layout" - Toni Elias.

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March 31, 2011 8:35 PM

Perhaps he should give Peter Fonda a call,see if he can borrow his Easy Rider Captain America chopper,as thats what his current 800cc gp bike setup sounds like - large fork angles etc.
The spec tyre is what hurts him most though,if they'd make him something personal,he'd be right up there.

Dean Dean

March 31, 2011 9:01 PM
Last Edited 1703 days ago

GREAT LINK, thanks for that previous poster:) Have a look but we all know that Estoril '06 race was heaven sent ..more importantly is the macho macho Spanish music lols

dazspc - Unregistered

March 31, 2011 9:42 PM

Ok xxx he did win in Estoril and yes it was a good ride i even think i cheered for him,but i seem to remember it was end of season and contract time, and again he got signed for another year and did nothing,im not trying to be mean to him i just think he's better on a moto2 bike as he has proved last year by winning the championship.

motomoto - Unregistered

March 31, 2011 10:57 PM

one great race doesn't a career make..

He was brilliant,,, but that flash has long since dimmed. So much so, that if (fantasy)you were to pull that exact same bike out of the basement, gass it up, had the settings, tires and everything the same,, including the same weather as that day,,, he would probably be a full second off of that pace. Everyday Elias is not "one day at Estoril" Elias. He has had 4 years to prove me right.
TE could be the best 600cc rider ever, if he weren't so "stubborn"


March 31, 2011 11:25 PM

Thanks XXX. I loved that race!
Kind of annoying seeing this guy bagged out, and just as annoying seeing him struggle with the bridgestones so bad.

I'll reserve judgement till a few more races before I rule him out of playing with the big boys forever. I believe the bike should be capable of a 6-7th placing on a good day, and it would be great to see him fighting up there.

If he can't come to grips with it, then so be it...


April 01, 2011 1:26 AM

You don't go from world champion to not knowing how to ride a bike in 2 races, some people here should get some perspective. Have you ever heard of something called bike set up? Elias and the team are struggling to get the machine and tyres sorted, Give it a few more races, jeez there was already ignorance and venom being spouted at the first winter test.

mix - Unregistered

April 01, 2011 1:58 AM

im my opinion, bring Elias back to GP this year was a bit mistake, he have to wait another year when the engine is change to 1000cc..

and Ducati will be a monster during that year..



April 01, 2011 4:01 AM
Last Edited 1702 days ago

Elias'confidence must be totally shot.
The crash he had at Qatar was so sudden and early in the corner that it is hard to see why it happened.
I hope that his current incompatibility with the all or nothing Bridgestones is not terminal and he can work out how to gell with them.
His record is one of improving as the season goes on (not just to win a new contract as is often claimed) because every year it seems like he has to work out how to set up a new bike/tyres combination to work with his unique style.

slash - Unregistered

April 01, 2011 6:21 AM

Tony did more than win one race at Estoril. His last year in MotoGP 2009 he finished the championship in 7th and was on the podium at Brno. Not seting the world on fire but a solid enough result.
To55ers on here are far too quick to jump on the cliche bandwagon ... "Dani can't last a race, Rossi is washed up, Stoner always crashes, Spies can't start, blah, blah, blah".
Elias deserves his promotion from Moto2 and he deserves a few races to get himself and the bike sorted out for 2011.

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