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Elias to get BMW Superbike test

The Spaniard is pondering his options for the 2012 motocycling season having struggled for form in MotoGP this year.
BMW Italia has revealed it is granting MotoGP rider Toni Elias a chance to test its bike at Misano as the Spaniard considers his options for the 2012 season.

Elias returned to the MotoGP fray in 2011 with the LCR Honda team after dominating the inaugural Moto2 World Championship, but has struggled for outright pace, cracking the top eight just once this season.

As such, Elias is expected to be dropped by LCR for next season, prompting him to consider following in the wheeltracks of Marco Melandri, Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa, all of which have enjoyed great success since switching to Superbikes.

Elias will ride the BMW S1000RR at Misano over two days (13/14 September), though the team stresses he isn't being considered as the immediate replacement for James Toseland, who recently announced his retirement due to injury, adding that he remains contracted to LCR Honda for the remainder of the MotoGP season.

“James' farewell to racing certainly was not something we were happy about,” said sporting director Serafino Foti. “After all, James is a champion! But obviously we also have to look forward. The tests on 13 and 14 September were scheduled some time ago and we wanted to invite Toni in order to satisfy his interest as well as to take advantage of his experience and riding skills.

“The upcoming test is not aimed at replacing James in the championship, partly because Toni is already committed to the MotoGP championship. However, over the next few days we will identify and officially name the rider who will be competing for us in the last three races.

“I would like to express my personal thanks to Lucio Cecchinello (LCR Honda team boss) for his willingness to co-operate and to Honda for going along with his request.”



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Oli - Unregistered

September 12, 2011 7:52 PM

I am surprised by some of the abuse Toni seems to get. The guy is a World Champion and MotoGP race winner. Clearly he is having a bad season and for whatever reason, LCR isn't working out for him. But he won Moto2 last season, he was 7th in MotoGP the year before and second only to Edwards for satellite bikes. That is class by anyone's standards. Does he deserve a ride in MotoGP next season? No, probably not. But he is still a world class rider and certainly has the potential to run with the likes of Melandri in WSBK. People need to show a little more respect when they post comments. Oli

ppparkinson9 - Unregistered

September 12, 2011 5:24 PM

JT= "it's also unfair for me to occupy a great seat in WSBK that a young, talented rider who is fully-fit could take better advantage of" I'm not quite sure this is who he had in mind....



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