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Moto2: Elias, Smith make Blusens debut
12 November 2012
Monday's Valencia post-season Moto2 test saw former champion Toni Elias and rookie Kyle Smith make their debuts with the Blusens Avintia team.
Elias, who spent the closing stages of this season on an Italtrans-run Kalex, continued on the 2012 chassis design with his new team - the 2013 Kalex expected to arrive in mid-February.
“This is a provisional bike I'll be using until the 2013 model arrives but it's all right to get the job started,” said Elias, who was unofficially credited with the 18th fastest lap time.
“And even if we didn't attempt to score good times at any moment the final results of the day were satisfying despite the engine is not as competitive as the one we'll have in the future.
“I'm happy with the job we have done and also the connection with all the team members. We're now going to Albacete to carry on working and get the big picture before the season starts.
“The fact I could ride the Kalex in the last few rounds of the championship will enable me to give more accurate and direct guidelines on how to amend the bike so we can be as competitive as possible.”
21-year-old Smith was born in England but spent much of his career in Spain. He finished fifth in the Stock Extreme European Championship this year and is currently second in the Spanish Extreme class with one race to go.
“I am really happy to be here,” said Smith. “It's like a dream to be riding among the best riders in the world. It's the first time I have ridden a Moto2 and it's quite different from the kind of bike I usually ride so I have to gradually adapt.
“Although I made my debut this morning and I crashed with no harm I had good sensations and in the afternoon I managed to ride with consistency. I am very motivated and excited by this opportunity to participate in the world championship.
“At the end of the day it's each and every rider's dream and my dream has come true thanks to Wild Wolf and the Blusens Avintia team. I hope I won't disappoint them. I am aware it won't be easy because everybody knows how difficult this class is. But I'll work relentlessly so I can measure up to the opportunity.”
Smith set a best lap time around two-seconds slower than Elias.
Blusens used a Suter chassis with Julian Simon this season.
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