MotoGP » Moto2: Ex-champ Elias to leave Aspar


2010 Moto2 World Champion Toni Elias calls time on his 2012 campaign as a Mapfre Aspar rider after nine rounds.

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tucker - Unregistered

July 15, 2012 5:30 PM

What ever happened to Toni Elias, it's been hard to watch over the past 1 and a half seasons. Don't know where he'll land now, maybe Supersport. Wonder who they will bring in to replace him, not many decent riders not on a bike atm.

JapLance

July 15, 2012 8:07 PM

A clear example on how to squeeze a GP victory six years ago to keep signing contracts year after year.

I have nothing against him as a person, he seems a very nice lad, and his riding style is very spectacular, but seldom fast enough as required.

IlikeElias - Unregistered

July 15, 2012 11:25 PM

NO! Why? He has constantly raced and qualified better than his teammate, last years 125 WC winner Nico Terol. He is the one rider improving most and passing up the order come race day. Look at de Angelis, he got crap results, and they changed the chassis, now he is back up there. Elias performed consistantly better than de Angelis when they were on the same team in motoGP, he did well, and should not have been booted. He did however perform like crap on LCR Honda, something went wrong there.

Liam48

July 16, 2012 11:03 AM

This is the worst news I've heard all day!

Elias along with Rossi are my favourite riders in the paddock and I want to see them both do well.

Elias is a great rider and a great champion and it's been difficult to watch him under perform last year and this year, last year he couldn't get the harder bridgestone tires to work, he would be able to get this years to work though and I think the same has happened this year in Moto2.

I'm sure another team will snap him up and hopefully on a better bike.

M1M - Unregistered

July 17, 2012 12:12 AM

ILikeElias - What went wrong for Elias was the introduction of the spec tyres. His unusual riding style needs a specific set up and soft front tyre. He had no suitable option with the Bridgestones and couldn't get enough heat into the front to make it work. He might've fared better on the 2012 tyres as they're designed to work over the range of prototypes and the slower and less powerful CRT bikes as well and warm up quicker too, for safety. Chassis and rider have to match the spec tyres now, rather than getting bespoke tyres to suit their needs. It penalises riders with unusual styles and innovative bike designs too. Changing the habits of a lifetime (the very things that made you fast in the first place) is not easy. There's a an apt line in Dr. Zhivago. After the revolution, someone says, "Adapt yourself!" There's a muttered response, "...said the millstone to the barleycorn."

Dean Dean

July 17, 2012 12:07 PM

Yes M1M..even in '07 I remember the tyres Bridgestone made for Elias were very individual.There was concern that Elias wouldn't 'take' to the new rubber Gresini had signed to but remembering that brilliant power-past Rossi for 2nd, at Turkey, gave him all the hope in the world. Gresini's Fabrizio Cecchini pretty much masterminded what Elias needed, they worked together so well when he could command his own tyre...BUT, the spec tyre was never going to suit his style, he brakes so fiercely together with his reliance upon releasing that brake 'just so' for faster corner entry...the force on an Elias front tyre meant the rear tyre has less weight, timing become far more than overly crucial for traction out of the corner...no 'Elias front tyre' and his whole race is down the pan.
Remember that it was Cecchini that persuaded Elias NOT to change his style..'we'll get bespoke tyres to suit him'...alas, by '09 even he saw the writing on the wall and the two did attempt to adapt his style to t

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