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Elias critical of Ducati support.

The 2008 MotoGP season looks to have been the first and last on a Ducati for Toni Elias, after the Spaniard criticised the lack of technical support he received this season.

Elias, riding alongside Sylvain Guintoli at the satellite Alice Team, only finished in the top ten once (eighth) during the opening four rounds, and couldn't qualify higher than 14th.

Toni claims the parts needed to improve the situation were requested at the following French Grand Prix - but took until round ten, in Germany, to arrive.

"We'd asked for new parts in Le Mans this year, and they didn't arrive until the race at Sachsenring. Until then we were just fighting not to finish last," the official MotoGP website quotes Elias as saying.

"When we finally received them we made a leap in performance, and we got back in the top ten, so for me Germany is when the second part of the season began."

Rain on race day left Elias twelfth in Germany, while team-mate Guintoli took his best result of the year (sixth without traction control). Elias was looking much more competitive in the following US Grand Prix - rising to sixth place by lap five - until a mistake dropped him back down the order.

The #24 made no such errors in Brno and, while Ducati's reigning world champion Casey Stoner crashed out of the lead, Elias claimed second position behind Valentino Rossi.

Elias backed that up with third position next time out at Misano, making him the only Ducati rider other than Stoner to finish on the podium all season - and the first satellite Ducati rider ever to take two podium finishes.

Despite those results, Toni's subsequent decision not to remain at Alice for 2009 saw the technical support 'disappear'.

"I told Ducati what my plans were for 2009 in Motegi, and from that moment on the parts disappeared," he said. "From then on it was back to the lower half of the standings."

Elias finished 16th, 11th, 15th and 18th in the four races after Japan.

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ItalianStallion - Unregistered

November 22, 2008 11:10 AM

Not the first time we hear that ! Barros made the same comments, Hofmann too. I don''t know why Ducati makes the life so hard for the private teams. The factory team has better riders, technicians and support by paper anyway. What are the afraid of ????

Greg Smith

November 23, 2008 12:18 AM

Elias has to be the most dissapointing rider in Motogp. Claims the "parts dissappeared" are absolute rubbish, he has a proven history of bludging as soon as his new contract is signed. And as far as a "factory bike" goes - good luck Tony! ask Marco what Honda provides vs what is promises to satellite teams. They are a bunch of .........s.

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