WSBK » Elias to Red Devils Aprilia, Fabrizio to Honda?

Toni Elias looks set to follow in the wheeltracks of Carlos Checa, Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi by swapping from GP racing to World Superbikes...

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September 10, 2013 1:49 PM

Fabrizio has been good on the satellite Aprilia, especially at the opening round, but he had some good top 6 results ever since. Swapping him is only acceptable if he goes to Pata Honda, but without testing it will be hard to match the results that he achieved with Aprilia.

On the other hand, it's Toni Elias' fifth different team in two seasons. Looks like he always has another chance, but never lives with them.


September 10, 2013 3:39 PM

Does anyone know the ins and outs of why Fabriio left Roma and why Elias was out at Avintia?

And I can't believe how Elias seems to keep getting rides, as he gets older he seems to dwindle further down the results yet he seems to be still getting offers from decent teams.

Ah well I hope we don't loose Fabrizio next season as he's a rider that I think with the right bike can be fighting for the podium on a regular basis.


September 10, 2013 3:57 PM

Avintia suck, Roma offer him more visibility and a better chance, Fabrizio will probably get better support and setup on the Honda, but does that mean Haslam is gone? Guess I need to read the articles.


September 10, 2013 4:16 PM

Toni must be:
A. Riding for free
B. Carmelo's nephew
C. Both A & B

I really couldn't believe it when he got to ride the Pramac Ducati at Laugna last year. Yes, it was a crap bike, but not putting an American rider on for that race was an absolute shame.

Aside from his 2010 Moto2 championship, he has been absolute rubbish on spec tires.


September 10, 2013 4:52 PM

Also been a fan of Toni Elias since I began watching MotoGP back in 2001. He was always one if my favourite riders in the sport with his extreme riding style which I still think is the best looking style out there!

He has been nowhere since he won the 2010 Moto2 championship and I hope this is a breath of fresh air for him and he can fight at the top of WSBK!


September 11, 2013 2:04 AM

Personally I don't think Fabrizio deserves another ride next year, he hasn't done much in years, give the ride to some new freash young and hungry rider, he is definently a peaked rider imho


September 11, 2013 7:36 AM

@ rdc

If Fabrizio is peaked and he doesn't deserve the ride, what do you say about Elias? Fabrizio is the most experienced rider in WSB field (by the number of races), and he has results a lot of others not. In 2009 he was the only one who challenged Spies and Haga regularly. Since then he was on the podium with every team he raced for. But the teams didn't keep him. Of course he is inconsistent, but in a championship like this, in a satellite team sometimes you can fight for the podium, and the next time you can't get higher then 10th.

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