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Toni Elias - Q&A

"I'm happy that Marc [Marquez] is winning with a similar style to mine as it vindicates what I was saying" – Toni Elias.
By Christian Tiburtius

An exclusive interview with MotoGP race winner and 2010 Moto2 champion Toni Elias, who has just announced he is leaving Moto2 and will make his World Superbike debut at this weekend's Turkish round.

Elias, a grand prix rider since 2000, looks back on his racing career to date and then explains the decision to move to WSBK...

Crash.net:
Where are you exactly?

Toni Elias:
At home in Manresa, it's about 20 minutes away from Barcelona. I'm a Catalan.

Crash.net:
Why are there so many famous riders who come from that area?

Toni Elias:
There's a big tradition of motorcycling in this area, also there is a federation which encourages kids when they start racing. Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Bautista, Marquez, they all came through the federation system. Also there's RACC, a motorsport club which helped promote us all in the sport and also provided a bit of sponsorship.

Crash.net:
Doesn't Carlos Checa also come from around there?

Toni Elias:
Yes, Carlos Checa is a good friend of mine and lives 3 minutes away from me here. Carlos actually learned to be a mechanic in my fathers shop. I've known Carlos since he was 15 and I was only a child. He quit working in our garage because he'd started in the 250 world championships.

Crash.net:
Apparently you're the third Elias to race motorbikes

Toni Elias:
My grandfather was a road racer like me. He raced for Ducati a long time ago at a time when there weren't any tracks and everything was on the road like at the Isle of Man. He was also a mechanic for Ducati in my home town but unfortunately died very young.

My father was a motocross racer and was 10 times Spanish champion. My uncle was also a Spanish champion and after finishing their racing career they opened a motorbike shop and we've still got it. I grew up there between bikes and they're in my blood.

Crash.net:
How did you develop you all action style?

Toni Elias:
It just came naturally. I think that people like it because they're always telling me how they enjoy seeing me almost off my bike with my knees and elbow scraping the ground.

I was always criticised by teams for it though because they would say it wasn't good because my body was totally outside the bike. They said that I didn't put enough weight on the tyres and therefore that the tyres didn't heat up and that's why I didn't have traction.

Now Marc Marquez has got a similar style though and he's winning and that made me very happy because it shows that that style was not a problem. I'm happy that Marc is winning with a similar style to mine as it vindicates what I was saying. Sure we are a little bit different but our elbows are down near the ground and our backsides are also hanging off the bike.

Crash.net:
Is it true that Bridgestone made a particular tyre for you to suit your style?

Toni Elias:


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Nick23

September 11, 2013 10:53 AM

@ krispradez - You obviously haven't followed Toni's career then. If you'd have seen his victory in 2003 at Jerez in the 250cc class, that was the most incredible race ever. Then again, I don't think Toni or anybody else really cares about your opinion.



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