Fresh from his best race finish of the season, a second place last time out in Brno, Toni Elias will start Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix from his best grid position of the season after securing fifth in qualifying at Misano on Saturday.

"This afternoon we had to make some modifications to give more stability to the bike and my technical staff made a great job," said the Alice Ducati rider. "For the first time I will start from the second row and I hope to start well to be able to stay close with the fastest riders. I am really trustful also because I didn't only conquer a good lap time with the qualifying but I have also improved a lot the race rhythm."

"Sincerely I was expecting this sort of result because yesterday, even if he concluded in fourteenth position, we were really close to the fastest," claimed technical director Fabiano Sterlacchini. "We made some adjustments on the bike reducing the weight in the front part and this allowed us to make a big step forward. Anyway tomorrow is the important day, even if we are really proud of the position conquered today."

Team-mate Sylvain Guintoli will start from a more modest twelfth position.

"I can't be happy about the twelfth position but I think positive for tomorrow's race because the race rhythm has improved a lot from yesterday and with some small changes tomorrow during the warm up we can be even faster," said the Frenchman.

"The bike has improved lap after lap and I am now able to push the bike more. I am only half of a second from the second row therefore if I will make a good start I believe anything could happen during the race," he added.


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