MotoGP »

Elias: The crash was a real shame

Toni Elias had a short but spectacular British MotoGP at Donington Park on Sunday, pulling off some aggressive passes and leading his first MotoGP race for several years, only to crash out on lap 8 of 30.

Starting eighth on the grid, the San Carlo Honda Gresini rider was at his aggressive best during a brave opening lap that saw him overtake world championship leaders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo for the race lead.

Elias remained in front until lap three, and had dropped back to fifth by lap four. But the Spaniard was still very much part of the lead group, and - as the conditions worsened - began climbing back up the order, snatching fourth from factory Honda rider Dani Pedrosa early in lap 8.

Slicks tyres on an increasingly wet track was a risky combination for all the competitors (except Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden) and Elias became the first victim of the conditions when he touched a wet white line on the exit of the high-speed Schwantz curve moments after passing Pedrosa.

The 2006 Estoril winner was thrown straight from his RC212V and into retirement.

“The crash was a real shame because I felt we were capable of a good result today. I'm really disappointed for everybody in the team,” said Elias. “I got a great start and my pace was really strong, but unfortunately my rear wheel ran slightly onto the white line and it was so slippery that I crashed.

“It was nice to at least run at the front for a while and even lead the race, and when I was behind Rossi I was comfortably able to follow his pace. That's what makes me so convinced I could have kept it up to the end.

“I don't want to think about the negatives or what might have been because the good news today was that we ran with the front guys and we know we can do it. That gives a great confidence boost for the future,” he insisted.

Team-mate Alex de Angelis kept his machine on two wheels and was rewarded for his patience and skill with a joint career-best fourth at the chequered flag, having started the race from just twelfth on the grid.

“I am absolutely delighted,” smiled the San Marinese. “That was one of the most difficult races in my whole career because when you're on a bike with so much power in those conditions, on a circuit like Donington, which everybody knows is particularly slippery, it's tough!




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Elias, British MotoGP Race 2009
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
De Giannantonio, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
De Giannantonio, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


DBL

July 27, 2009 3:30 PM

What short memories some people have. He's only aggressive because he knows he doesn't have a contract for next year yet. He does it every year at this time, you can set your clocks by him.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.