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Elias just keeps on getting stronger and stronger

Elias just keeps on getting stronger and stronger

A few races ago, Toni Elias was another also-ran. Just three points from the first three races meant that he was just another youngster learning the Grand Prix trade. However, a couple of months on, and he is promising so much, being hailed as the next Criville or Nieto by the Spanish press. All this media attention over the last few weeks may play on a young 18 year-old´s mind, but not Toni Elias, who seems to thrive on the attention, and just grow in confidence.

In the final free practice session before the 125 race, Elias once again set the fastest time of the three-quarters of an hour, and showed why he is receiving all the attention. His time of 1´38.984 was set on his 16th lap out of twenty, and was an improvement on a series of fast laps. He would do well to look over his shoulder mind, because Youichi Ui seen the limelight taken away from himself since the young Spaniard´s rise. With a record almost the exact opposite to Elias´ this season, he wants to regain the early season form that saw him at the top of the standings, and today he was just 0.055 behind Elias, keen to put in a good time in preparation for the afternoon´s qualifiers, and had clearly been pushing it when he ran off the track twenty minutes in to the session.

Masao Azuma had briefly led the way in the session, he also looking to regain some of his initiative from the first few races, however he finished the session in an all too familiar 11th spot, and just under a second behind Elias. Perugini set the third quickest time, with Alex de Angelis and championship leader Manuel Poggiali just behind.

125cc, 2001, Cinzano British Grand Prix, FP1

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