BMW Italia content with Elias test performance

Toni Elias completes two days of testing on a Superbike for the first time as he samples the BMW Italia S1000RR at Misano.
BMW Italia sporting director Serafino Foti has declared himself satisfied with Toni Elias's feedback after two days of World Superbike testing at Misano.

The Spaniard, currently competing in MotoGP with LCR Honda, was a surprise attendee in Italy aboard the bike recently vacated by the retired James Toseland.

Completing just under two days of testing before he travels to Motorland Aragon for the latest round of the MotoGP World Championship, Elias set the 11th fastest time, around two seconds slower than former Gresini Honda team-mate Marco Melandri.

Accepting that the transition from prototype to production machinery was always going to be a difficult one, Foti was content with Elias's performance.

“[Things] were different for Toni, who was testing with the sole objective of becoming as familiar as possible with the SBK. But a day and a half is certainly not a lot of time to get to know a motorcycle. In the meantime, we did gather a lot of information from him as well.

“At the end of the [second] morning Toni left to re-join his Team for the MotoGP race this weekend. I would like to express my personal thanks to Toni for his willingness to participate and also to the LCR Team.”

BMW Italia is due to announce Toseland's replacement for the final three rounds of the 2011 World Superbike season shortly.

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