Toni Elias still considering WSBK switch?

The Spaniard tested a BMW recently and is now weighing up his options for the 2012 season.
Toni Elias could be on his way to the World Superbike Championship in 2012 having been linked with a move to potential Superstock graduates Barni Racing.

The Spaniard has been heavily linked with a move to the international production series having struggled for pace on the LCR Honda in MotoGP, while a return back to the Moto2 World Championship he dominated in 2010 is not considered a viable option.

As such, Elias made his WSBK-intentions known with a surprise test outing on the BMW Italia at Misano, though the Spaniard reportedly struggled to adapt to the four-cylinder S1000RR machine.

Nonetheless, according to, Elias is now being tipped to become part of the Effenbert-Liberty operation for 2012, which in turn is evaluating the possibility of expanding to four bikes.

With no team allowed to run more than two bikes under the same name, the Czech-based team is considering a link-up with Superstock front runner and Italian Superbike Championship leaders Barni Racing about the possibility of assuming a third and fourth Ducati.

Elias would likely slot into the 'Barni' team alongside Danilo Petrucci, who currently sits second in the SSTK 1000 standings behind new champion Davide Giugliano with one round remaining.

Meanwhile, is also reporting that Michel Fabrizio and Maxime Berger are being considered for a spot at Pedercini Kawasaki alongside its impressive rookie Mark Aitchison.

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October 04, 2011 2:10 PM
Last Edited 425 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.

rickyhaych - Unregistered

October 04, 2011 4:59 PM

Feel sorry for Tiger Toni. Looks like he's had his chances in g.p now and a step across to the wsbk paddock looms. He only shone occasionally and thats not enough in gp's but an absolute quality rider and breathtaking to watch on his day.Hope he ends up with a good ride and gets on with the pirellis.

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