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Top ten MotoGP riders: Toni Elias [9]. recently asked for your MotoGP star of 2008, from a shortlist of ten riders provided, and - with voting having now closed - the time has come to reveal the results.

During the next ten weekdays, we will be revealing the voting results in reverse order, with the winner being revealed on Wednesday December 3.

More than 54,000 votes were cast for the MotoGP poll. The average score given for each rider was used to produce the final ranking.

MotoGP Star of the Year – ninth place:

Name: Toni Elias
Team: Alice Team
Bike: Ducati Desmosedici GP8
Wins: 0
Podiums: 2
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest laps: 0
Championship points: 92
Championship position: 12th

Toni Elias was the only rider other than Casey Stoner to take the Ducati Desmosedici to a podium finish this season, courtesy of consecutive second and third places at Brno and Misano for the Alice Team.

Those results made Elias the first ever satellite Ducati MotoGP rider to take more than one podium finish, and he finished the season with almost double the points of Stoner's factory team-mate Marco Melandri.

However, Toni's next best race result was only seventh place and, perhaps because of that inconsistency, you ranked Elias only slightly above rookie Alex de Angelis on the shortlist of MotoGP stars.

Elias will join de Angelis at Honda Gresini in 2009, the team Elias previously rode for in 2006 and 2007, when he will be aiming to return to race-winning form on a factory RC212V.

9th - Toni Elias
10th - Alex de Angelis

Monday: We reach number eight in the MotoGP Star of the Year poll.

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Dray - Unregistered

November 21, 2008 5:38 PM

Well I thought Elias would be in the top 10, but I had him at 8. Seems like I under estimated the English votes. Watch for a real crazy vote for Toseland. If he comes in Top 5 then I could really develop an automatic dislike for him. That's how I am. Sorry. :D "These are my prediction for the remaining order. Unfortunately, this is not the way 2008 Standings finished, but this was also a popularity contest hence de Angelis in 10th . Therefore Capirossi, Vermeulen and Nakano might not be mentioned here." 9. Toseland 8. Elias 7. Edwards 6. Dovizioso 5. Lorenzo 4. Hayden 3. Pedrosa 2. Stoner 1. Rossi

Annwen Hughes - Unregistered

November 22, 2008 9:24 PM

I am really pleased to see that Toni is in the top ten! I was pregnant with my little boy at the time of the British Gp so was unable to go but having just bought his shoei rep the guys and gals at feridax arranged for him to sign my new helmet and he very kindly obliged.....what a star and he ain't bad looking either !!!!! Annwen forever a toni fan!!! :D

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