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Elias eyes step back up to MotoGP

The former MotoGP race winner is determined to get back into the top flight in 2011, even if he doesn't win the 2010 Moto2 title.
Toni Elias says it is his intention to return to MotoGP in 2011, regardless of whether he wraps up the Moto2 championship he is currently fronting.

Despite finishing a solid seventh in the 2009 MotoGP standings, Elias found himself out with a ride for this season, the Spaniard instead opting to join the inaugural Moto2 series as arguably its highest-profile entrant.

Not surprisingly, Elias has been the rider to beat on his Gresini Moriwaki so far this year, the 27-year-old winning on two occasions already, while he has finished inside the top five in all but a single race so far.

However, while his current lead of 17 points at the top of the table puts him well on the way towards becoming the first-ever Moto2 title winner, Elias is hoping he already proven he deserves to back in MotoGP.

“I will wait to see what arrives,” he told “I am only thinking about a return to MotoGP for 2011 because I only want to stay in Moto2 for this year. If I am World Champion or not I would like to be in MotoGP for 2011.”

His comments comes as former Gresini Honda MotoGP team-mate Alex de Angelis embarks on his return to competition this weekend aboard the Interwetten Honda.

“Last year he [Alex] was my team-mate and we had a good relationship. I don't like the bad luck he has had this year with the bike and the crashes, sometimes it's not been his fault and I think it's good he has the opportunity to get back into MotoGP. I wish him all the best.”

Tagged as: Honda , Elias , Gresini , moto2 , Moriwaki

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Matt - Unregistered

July 13, 2010 12:39 PM

Also, I don't see a problem with Elias or De Angelis returning to MotoGP. De Puniet has shown that if given a decent bike he is capable of running towards the front. A year or two ago everyone was calling for his head, saying he should get kicked out of MotoGP. Well I believe it's the same with Elias and De Angelis. Given a good bike they will perform well. And no matter what some of the paddock folks say, I think there is a big disparity between the factory bikes and some of the sat bikes.

Plaggie - Unregistered

July 13, 2010 12:37 PM

For Spanish riders MotoGP is the only thing what counts!! would be a big shame if he choses for Suzuki in stead of Moto2, were he is very succesfull. I don't see Moto2 as a downgrade. It's much tougher than 250cc and also for Toni a complete new class. Fourstroke experience doesn't even count as it seems that especially the 125cc riders go well. But on the other hand, if he has the chance to sign for Tech3 Yamaha (which I believe is by far the best sattelite package) I would say DO IT!! But please don't sign for a chanceless project.....just to be in MotoGP

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