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Elias keen to forget opening weekend

The reigning Moto2 champion gets his season off to a bad start after crashing out of the Qatari opener.
Toni Elias has vowed to 'start again' in Jerez after a dismal return to MotoGP competition in Qatar saw him struggle to keep pace before eventually crashing in the race.

The Spaniard, who returns to the top flight this year with LCR Honda after winning the inaugural Moto2 title in 2010, had endured a tough pre-season build-up to the opening round and things failed to improver in Qatar.

Last in each of the timed sessions leading to the race, Elias rode at the back of the field once action got underway before crashing out of 14th position with four laps remaining.

Unable to disguise his disappointment at the lack of pace, in which his best race lap was more than a second off that of the next slowest, Elias is determined to come back fighting for his home round at Jerez.

“This first weekend has been very tough for me and the team,” he said. “Since the two-day test prior to the race we have been struggling with the bike set up and even after.

"We have tried different adjustments to find the right feeling on this track but at the end we could only lap at low 1min 58secs - and that was my lap time during the race from the first lap till the crash.

“We knew we could not do better than this as we knew our limit, but I feel sorry for the crash. I want to cancel this bad weekend and start again in Jerez.”


Tagged as: Toni Elias , Qatar , LCR Honda

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Pizzdoff - Unregistered

March 22, 2011 1:15 PM

Obviously hanging is far to good for Elias and we should ritually burn him at the stake.... But before doing that just reflect on the fact this is a rider with a near flawless Moto 2 season last year and an erractic deep troughs but also high peaks previous record in Moto GP who will stick it to anyone on his day. No one outside the pit can tell us why the set-up was so poor. It might or might not have been down to Elias. But don't make the mistake of thinking he's not an able rider. Still, its not as if some of the denizens of Crushed Nuts are going to let the facts stand in the way of a good vitriolic rant I suppose.

Don-R

March 22, 2011 12:37 PM
Last Edited 2086 days ago

Not a happy garage - there were reports of furious rows in there over the weekend. Easy to say in hindsight maybe but perhaps it would have been better to bundle Toni off to WSBK with Ten Kate Honda and given J.Rea a shot on the LCR bike? Many more races like this and they'll be looking to replace him anyway.



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