Toni Elias has vowed to 'start again' in Jerez after a dismal return to MotoGP competition in Qatar saw him struggle to keep pace before eventually crashing in the race.

The Spaniard, who returns to the top flight this year with LCR Honda after winning the inaugural Moto2 title in 2010, had endured a tough pre-season build-up to the opening round and things failed to improver in Qatar.

Last in each of the timed sessions leading to the race, Elias rode at the back of the field once action got underway before crashing out of 14th position with four laps remaining.

Unable to disguise his disappointment at the lack of pace, in which his best race lap was more than a second off that of the next slowest, Elias is determined to come back fighting for his home round at Jerez.

"This first weekend has been very tough for me and the team," he said. "Since the two-day test prior to the race we have been struggling with the bike set up and even after.

"We have tried different adjustments to find the right feeling on this track but at the end we could only lap at low 1min 58secs - and that was my lap time during the race from the first lap till the crash.

"We knew we could not do better than this as we knew our limit, but I feel sorry for the crash. I want to cancel this bad weekend and start again in Jerez."



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