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Moto2: Toni Elias leaves Avintia, heading to WSBK?

Toni Elias departs Avintia, in negotiations for a WSBK seat
Inaugural Moto2 world champion Toni Elias will be replaced at the Avintia Blusens team by Argentine rookie Ezequiel Iturrioz for the remainder of this season.

Elias took seven wins on a Gresini Moriwaki to scoop the 2010 crown, but hasn't taken a podium since that season and is just 18th in this year's championship on the title-leading Kalex chassis.

The Spaniard, a full time grand prix rider since 2000, is now 'in negotiations' regarding a move to the World Superbike Championship.

Spurred by his 2010 Moto2 title success, on a Gresini-Moriwaki, Elias returned to the MotoGP class - where he famously won the dramatic 2006 Portuguese round - with Honda LCR for 2011. However Elias managed only 15th in the standings and dropped back to Moto2 with Aspar the following year.

That partnership lasted just half a season, with Elias later racing for Italtrans and then remaining on a Kalex chassis for the start of this season, with Blusens. Elias' start-of-year team-mate Kyle Smith has already been replaced at Avintia by Dani Rivas.


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samh

September 09, 2013 4:43 PM

It's hard to know what to make of Elias. Flashes of brilliance like when he beat Rossi at Estoril in 2006 and of course taking the Moto 2 world title. Crap riders don't come anywhere near those kind of achievements but he manages to disappoint all too often. Maybe it's because he set the bar so high that there was so much expectation. That expectation has gone for me now. I just hope he gets a decent ride if he goes to wsbk so we can see if he's still got what it takes to win.

RSMick

September 09, 2013 5:37 PM
Last Edited 406 days ago

Toni will be riding the Red Devils bike vacated by Fabrizio. Toni is his worst enemy as his reluctance to adapt like other riders. Bridgestone always said he would suffer most from the spec tyre as he pushes the front so much they used to make him a special front. His reluctance to change his style for different chassis in Moto2 hasn't helped him. I wonder if he has lost Wild Wolf which has forced this decision. You have to respect though that he is a multi GP winner and world champion and last satelitte winner, not many get that on their CV. Still has a great style to watch as well.



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