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Elias 'not happy' despite cracking top ten

Toni Elias is rewarded for keeping his head in poor conditions at Jerez with a run to ninth place, though he is still lapping off the pace.
Toni Elias says he is 'aware' that he needs to improve his pace on the LCR Honda despite cracking the top ten with a durable performance in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Having finished well off the pace on his return to the category in Qatar, Moto2 champion Elias was once more the consistent back marker during the Jerez weekend, behind even John Hopkins in his first event since 2008.

Though things improved in race conditions as Elias used his experience in the wet to battle with the mid-field initially, his eventual ninth place finish was more to do with persistence than outright speed, the Spaniard finishing behind three rivals that crashed and remounted.

Indeed, despite the good result on paper, Elias is still not happy with his performance and is eager to make imminent improvements.

“Honestly, I am not happy about the performance as my feeling on the bike was still bad but the ninth position in these conditions is a positive result for myself and the team,” he said.

“I know I have been lucky because many riders crashed out and I was capable to end the race although the tyres situation was very difficult for everybody because we just had the warm up session on the wet.

“However we must continue our good job to improve our future performances… I am aware of this and want to thank my team for their efforts.”

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Thud87 - Unregistered

April 05, 2011 9:30 PM

I didn't say Biaggi should be there, i said he was more deserved than some people that are there currently. As a 4 time 250, 500/MotoGP runner up & SBK champion he is far more credible to be in the "top flight" than someone like Elias. What's Abraham ever won? Also saying "he could have finished 4th if he hadn't crashed" as an argument doens't really stack up as so could anyone! I don't necessarily think those SBK names i listed should be there, all i'm saying is that they have more reason to be in what's considered the pinnacle of motorcycle racing than some of the guys that are there right now.

motomoto - Unregistered

April 05, 2011 3:20 PM

,way to fabricate a story that isn't a story. He was just as slow as the first race, not falling off is no celebration. As long as he does not alter his riding style on a turn-key top 8 Honda, he will still finish last. Go back to the "stubborn" classification. The setup is not slowing him down and there are far less experienced rookies getting on with the Bridgestones. Enough excuses for Toni! ! Last place is disgraceful, especially for a former moto2 champion and an experienced gp rider.

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