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Toni Elias looks back on a fantastic weekend

Toni Elias looks back on a fantastic weekend

Things couldn´t have gone much better for me this weekend, after a bit of a disastrous start. Our flight from Barcelona on Thursday was delayed and we ended up missing a connection and flying to Prague instead of Vienna. Then we got caught in a traffic jam and didn´t get to Brno until very late. Fortunately I raced there last year so I was familiar with the track, but it was a little more difficult for my team-mates Dani Pedrosa and Joan Olivé, who went out on the track for the first time in Friday´s first free practice session.

I was delighted to take pole position for the race because the team was struggling a little bit with the set-up of the bike on Friday. They worked so hard on Saturday to put things right and I was able to do a couple of really good laps. It´s my second pole of the season and was particularly pleasing because it was the fastest ever lap at this circuit by a 125, and considering I qualified fourteenth here last year I think it shows the progress I have made. I have to thank Alberto Puig and the whole Telefonica Movistar Junior Team for making that possible and helping me arrive at this stage of the season as Championship leader.

My objective at the start of this year was never to win the World Championship, and that is still the case now. Even though I am a few points ahead there are still six races remaining and I will not be taking anything for granted. I just have to take each race at a time, do my best every time I take to the track and if at the last race of the season we are still talking about the World Championship then great.

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125cc, 2001, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, RAC, Toni Elias

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