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No rest for new Honda recruit Elias as he takes to four wheels and football!

No rest for new Honda recruit Elias as he takes to four wheels and football!

No rest for new Honda recruit Elias as he takes to four wheels and football!

Toni Elias had the kind of emotional topsy-turvy 2003 season that would harden the resolve of even the toughest motorcycle racer. In a tight Championship chase that saw the young Catalan bounce in and out of contention Elias had his highlights such as Jerez, victories in France, Portugal, Motegi and Malaysia as well as the 5 consecutive pole positions clocked in the latter half of the season. Crashes in Japan and on the last lap in Rio however effectively placed the title out of his reach as he also took some time to set-up the factory Aprilia.

Now the new signed team-mate to Roby Rolfo in the Fortuna Honda squad, Elias has hardly given himself time to reflect on a bittersweet ‘03 campaign. Having sorted out his employment for next year the 20 year old gave a hint as to his future after his business has been settled on a motorcycle by taking part in the final round of the Seat Leon Supercup at the circuit of Catalunya.

Just one week after the thrilling GP of Valencia and his final ride to second position with the Aprilia, Elias exchanged his leathers for a driving suit and under grey skies scored 19th and 11th positions in the two heats, racing as a guest of Seat Sport. "I had a great time and to race the car around here was an amazing experience," he remarked. "A series like this has a very level playing field and it makes for some close action."

The pace hardly slackened as the next day, accompanied by fellow Catalans and 125cc GP winners Emilio Alzamora and Jorge Lorenzo, Elias was a guest of honour at the Barcelona vs Betis Liga match. After kicking a ball around on the hallowed Nou camp turf the presence of the motorcycle racing stars obviously proved to be fortuitous as ‘Barca' triumphed 2-1.

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250cc, 2003, Toni Elias

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