Turkish 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...
Toni Elias looks set to make his World Superbike Championship debut at Istanbul Park this weekend after reportedly agreeing a deal with Red Devils Roma Aprilia to replace Michel Fabrizio.

The experienced former MotoGP race winner and Moto2 World Champion was immediately linked with a move into World Superbikes after parting ways with the Blusens Avintia team in Moto2 earlier this week, though it wasn't initially clear where he would be heading.

However, according to and several Spanish sources, Elias is set to join Red Devils Roma Aprilia for the final four rounds of the 2013 season, starting with the inaugural WSBK round in Turkey this weekend, following the apparent departure of Fabrizio.

A surprise withdrawal for a rider that has enjoyed a positive season on the Aprilia RSV4 having scored in every race so far, rumoured discord within the team ahead of the Silverstone round last month has seemingly led to a terminal break down in relations following the Nurburgring.

Despite this, Fabrizio – who is eighth in the standings – may still be on the grid in Istanbul this weekend having been earmarked as a potential replacement for the injured Jonathan Rea at PATA Honda.

Though he is yet to race in World Superbikes, Elias has tested a Superbike before having been lined up as a possible replacement for James Toseland at BMW Italia back in 2011. Should his place be confirmed, Elias will have the benefit of prior circuit knowledge at Istanbul Park, Laguna Seca and Jerez, venues that will otherwise be new to most of his rivals.

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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 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.

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