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Elias begins WSBK test at Misano

MotoGP rider Toni Elias made his World Superbike debut for BMW Italia during the first day of testing at Misano on Tuesday.

The reigning Moto2 world champion and former MotoGP race winner has struggled throughout the 2011 season with LCR Honda, and is considering his options for 2012.

The Spaniard was eleventh fastest out of 13 riders on Tuesday, during which he suffered one fall without harm.

Toni's best lap time was 2.1sec behind former MotoGP team-mate Marco Melandri (Yamaha) but only 1.3sec from the leading BMW of Ayrton Badovini.

Elias was faster than fellow MotoGP race winners Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki) and Makoto Tamada (Honda).

BMW Italia is a satellite team - the factory BMW squad of Leon Haslam and Troy Corser were not present.

Testing concludes today (Wednesday) after which Elias will head for this weekend's Aragon MotoGP round.

Elias is presently 14th in the world championship with a best finish of ninth, in the wet at Jerez.

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pp916 - Unregistered

September 14, 2011 4:28 PM

As usual one day on a bike that's totally alien to him.....weight, chassis stiffness, tyres (Pirelli in lieu of Bridgestone), power delivery/torque, electronics, brakes (steel in lieu of carbon) etc, etc and already he's being written off by the experts on about giving the guy a chance, its not as if his talent disappeared overnight he's a reigning world champion FFS! It was a foregone that he wouldn't do anything back in Motogp due to his unique riding style, which he seems incapable of changing enough to make it work, being at odds with the spec tyre.....there's always the chance that the softer sidewall Pirelli's in WSB will suit him, worth a shot, he can't be in a worse place than he is now. More telling perhaps is the fact that he's already faster than Vermulen.....

motomoto - Unregistered

September 14, 2011 6:15 PM

there is absolutely nothing to tell you that Toni will do well in SBK. He can't even get along with the professionals who set-up bikes for a living. It is such a gamble for that at team. And to the BS that WSBK is a place for old Gp'ers. nonsense. Only the lamest of racers would want to go to gp today (B Smith was smart) Lame because that's a racer who doesn't want to win a race. Unless you are on one of 4 factory bikes next year you haven't got a chance in hell for a win. GP is definitely starting to s*ck. SBK is the best-last place you can ride where many great riders have a chance to win,, And that's what racing is about! Not getting a POS satellite DucHon to "settle" for 7th,,, yeah 7th! That's why I race,,, 7th! we even have a podium in our garage,, for 7th! or worse, CRT, then it's yeah 13th! Only a loser would take a CRT ride next year over Any SBK or WSS or Moto2 or moto3,, Looooser!

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