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Toni Elias departs Avintia, in negotiations for a WSBK seat

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September 09, 2013 4:43 PM

It's hard to know what to make of Elias.
Flashes of brilliance like when he beat Rossi at Estoril in 2006 and of course taking the Moto 2 world title. Crap riders don't come anywhere near those kind of achievements but he manages to disappoint all too often. Maybe it's because he set the bar so high that there was so much expectation. That expectation has gone for me now. I just hope he gets a decent ride if he goes to wsbk so we can see if he's still got what it takes to win.


September 09, 2013 5:08 PM

One of my favourite riders. 24, 26, 27... These are special riders of their class and its sad only 1 of them is in motogp. Before MM, there were Stoner and Elias who showed motogp fans how to ride a bike to the extreme. Unfortunately Elias' style was his downfall and he seems unable to make it effective on the 4 stroke era. Hopefully he gets a good ride in wsbk.


September 09, 2013 5:37 PM
Last Edited 11 days ago

Toni will be riding the Red Devils bike vacated by Fabrizio.

Toni is his worst enemy as his reluctance to adapt like other riders. Bridgestone always said he would suffer most from the spec tyre as he pushes the front so much they used to make him a special front. His reluctance to change his style for different chassis in Moto2 hasn't helped him. I wonder if he has lost Wild Wolf which has forced this decision.

You have to respect though that he is a multi GP winner and world champion and last satelitte winner, not many get that on their CV. Still has a great style to watch as well.


September 09, 2013 8:05 PM

Toni Elias, Manuel Poggiali, Roberto Locatelli 3 decent riders who had periods of absolutely brilliance during their career and being better compared to the rest, but all 3 of them had a downward spiral in their career caused by themselves. I hope Elias can have some decent results, he deserves it.


September 09, 2013 11:12 PM

As long as he keeps a positive momentum and can finish in the top 10 a few times I think he will have done alright, hit or miss whether or not he will gel with the bike.

WSBK is better than trolling around in Moto2 on a midpack or worse team in Moto2, actually anything is better than that, too many bikes, only a few have a shot.

AND YES, hes has a better record in 1 year at a satellite Ducati team than Rossi's tenure at the factory. You can knock him all you want, but in 2006 he let Rossi by him and came back for the win, guy's got the goods, he just been bounced around with any real solid support.

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