WSBK » Toni Elias to WSBK on a Ducati?

The Spaniard tested a BMW recently and is now weighing up his options for the 2012 season.

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Plaggie - Unregistered

October 04, 2011 10:53 AM

His BMW outing wasn't very positive I have to say. Oke 2 seconds to the first rider with 1,5 days of testing isn't that bad, but I expected a little more.

Ducati seems to be a better bike and I think it will suit Elias much much more. Only question is the material Barni racing will use. I hope it will be decent equipment and not very old stuff.

notanmsvfan - Unregistered

October 04, 2011 12:37 PM

i think this could spell disaster for toni i think he would go well on a good bike. maybe he should try supersport first if he cant get a good ride in superbike a big step backwards for him but more chance of going forwards afterwards. hope it all goes well but a big risk on unproven superbike team


October 04, 2011 12:38 PM

I don't know what would be Elias capable of, but the arriving of Barni Ducati is good regarding the number of the bikes (plus hopefully the ParkinGO team also moves up).
Petrucci's step up with Barni is logical, if not Elias, maybe Baiocco could be his teammate (he races for Barni Racing, has a lot of WSB experience, made some impressive wild-cards this year, plus most likely he will became Italian Champion).
Fabrizio to Pedercini Kawasaki is sad and hope untrue, in my opinion he deserves a much better bike. On the other hand, Berger deserves to be in WSB, maybe with Pedercini, but I wouldn't rule out a return to Ten Kate alongside Rea.

Dan - Unregistered

October 04, 2011 1:08 PM

To be fair to Toni I wouldn't say his career has slipped quite to the extent that Hoppers had so going to BSB would be crazy I think a WSB ride would be the best option


October 04, 2011 1:09 PM

We know Toni has talent.. On the right bike just look at how dominent he was in Moto2.

However his performance this season being considered Toni would be lucky to be offered a contract delivering for Dominoes pizza or riding a pogo stick.

As someone else suggested Toni would be better advised to consider stepping back and rebuilding his career than risking staying in MotoGP or WSBK on what will inevitably be a less competative machine


October 04, 2011 2:10 PM
Last Edited 1674 days ago

WSS? BSB? Rebuilding his career? Not good bikes?

What the hell are you guys talking about?

Toni is one year removed from winning a world title - he doesn't need freakin' WSS or BSB. He will go to WSBK and beat most of those "never will be" riders with ease. The Effenbert bikes aren't slugs - they bagged 5 podiums this year between both riders. By contrast, the factory BMW's only got 3 and they were all 3rd places were as the Effenbert bikes has 3 2nd's.

It didn't work out for Toni at LCR but everyone knows they turn their back on him before mid-point of the season. LCR is a team that tells the rider how to ride and doesn't listen to the rider's input - just ask Stoner. One of the journalist tweeted earlier in the year that they saw Toni down at the Ohlins truck working out his own set up with their engineers because LCR's wouldn't help him. That's the kind of support he got from LCR.


October 04, 2011 3:29 PM


I agree that Toni is obviously a world class rider, but he is a rider who need a certain bike and tyre balance to ride to his potential, and if he doesn't get it then he tends to languish. I don't think his style would suit a WSBK bike and his career really can't afford another failure. I reckon a WSS bike would be better for his style. He is no Marco Melandri.

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