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Elias falls from sixth at Motegi

Toni Elias, a best of tenth in the dry this year after a demoralising time at LCR Honda, crashed out of sixth place in Sunday's Japanese MotoGP.

The fast-starting Spaniard jumped from 15th to seventh on lap one and, as the race order see-sawed due to accidents and penalties, was in sixth - between Marco Simoncelli and Nicky Hayden - when he crashed out with seven laps remaining.

"Well first I am very disappointed because we could fight for the 6th position taking the best result so far. The adjustments we made this morning after the warm up session made the bike more stable and even today I took a very good start from the back of the pack.

"I was faster than qualifying and front tyre feeling was a lot better: with this pace I could have obtained a brilliant result for me and the guys but in turn five, which is a very hard braking point, I hit a bump and I lost the front crashing down.

"Anyway I would like to thanks the guys for their efforts and I am looking forward to racing in Phillip Island”.



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Liam48

October 02, 2011 3:46 PM

I've been a fan of Elias since Catalunya 2001 he's a great rider I was so happy to see him doing so well mixing it with Hayden and Dovi and he was gaping Edwards and Aoyama... it was a shame to see him crash but it just shows how hard he was pushing... it was great to see... it was his best showing of the year.

Kiyo Rulz - Unregistered

October 02, 2011 12:34 PM

Such a shame that he crashed out because he was riding as well as we've seen him ride all season. With everybody else making mistakes he was on for good points as well.



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