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Elias targets MotoGP regardless of Moto2 title

13 July 2010

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 MotoGP.com. “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.”