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Moto2: Toni Elias leaves Avintia, heading to WSBK?

9 September 2013

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.