MotoGP » Moto2: Toni Elias signs 2013 deal

Inaugural 2010 Moto2 world champion Toni Elias has signed to ride a Kalex for the Blusens Avintia team in 2013.

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October 26, 2012 11:12 PM


And things change quickly. Look at MotoGP in 2007 a Ducati won by a country mile from a Honda and Yamaha almost tied for second.

In 2008 a Yamaha won by a country mile from a Ducati with a Honda some way behind in third.

In 2009 the Yamaha dominated. First by a comfortable margin from another Yamaha, with a Honda trailing in third and a Ducati down in fourth. And with the exception of a single rider on a Yamaha it was the same three riders on Honda, Yamaha and Ducati.

I don't suppose the skills of those three riders changed by too much in those three seasons, so you've got to put a lot of it down to the machinery. Ducati from dominance to a fairly distant fourth in three seasons. And it's not unique to Ducati. Consider Suzuki back in the early eighties. Champions in 81. Champions by a distance in 82. Third in 83. Sixth in 84.

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