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Moto2: Elias, Aspar part ways

2010 Moto2 World Champion Toni Elias calls time on his 2012 campaign as a Mapfre Aspar rider after nine rounds.
Toni Elias has confirmed he has parted ways with the Mapfre Aspar Moto2 team after being unable to replicate the form that took him to the series' inaugural title in 2010.

The Spaniard won seven races for Gresini-Moriwaki on the way to the first-ever Moto2 World Championship title in 2010, but his subsequent return to the top flight with LCR Honda in 2011 proved unsuccessful as he struggled to mount anything more than an occasional mid-field challenge.

Returning to Moto2 for 2012 aboard the Aspar-Suter, Elias's fortunes didn't improve and a best of seventh place at Estoril remains his best finish of the year.

Currently 15th in the standings after nine races, Elias has duly opted to part ways with Aspar, but was full of praise for the team for its efforts this season.

"Today was my last race for the MAPFRE Aspar Team and I want to thank every member of the team. Above all, thanks to Jorge, because he has treated me fantastically and has shown what a great person he is.

“In the end we have made an amicable split. Our paths continue and I wish the MAPFRE Aspar Team all the best.”

Tagged as: Toni Elias , moto2 , Mapfre Aspar

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IlikeElias - Unregistered

July 15, 2012 11:25 PM

NO! Why? He has constantly raced and qualified better than his teammate, last years 125 WC winner Nico Terol. He is the one rider improving most and passing up the order come race day. Look at de Angelis, he got crap results, and they changed the chassis, now he is back up there. Elias performed consistantly better than de Angelis when they were on the same team in motoGP, he did well, and should not have been booted. He did however perform like crap on LCR Honda, something went wrong there.


July 16, 2012 11:03 AM

This is the worst news I've heard all day! Elias along with Rossi are my favourite riders in the paddock and I want to see them both do well. Elias is a great rider and a great champion and it's been difficult to watch him under perform last year and this year, last year he couldn't get the harder bridgestone tires to work, he would be able to get this years to work though and I think the same has happened this year in Moto2. I'm sure another team will snap him up and hopefully on a better bike.

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