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Elias makes Honda 250cc debut at Valencia

Elias makes Honda 250cc debut at Valencia

Elias makes Honda 250cc debut at Valencia

Toni Elías and Roberto Rolfo today began their preseason testing programme with Fortuna Honda in a private test at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo. It was Elías' first appearance onboard the Honda RSW, although he does have experience with the Japanese factory having ridden with them in the 125cc class, and he paid for his lack of experience with a minor crash. On track with the 125 teams of Seedorf Racing, Derbi and Gilera, the pair lapped in mixed conditions, with rain in the morning and late afternoon either side of a brief dry spell.

"There is a lot of work still to do and it is too early to draw any conclusions about the bike," commented Elias, who has spent two seasons in the quarter-litre class with Aprilia. "This team finished second in the championship last season though so I can hope to be in the fight for the title this time around. The crash was nothing really – the track was just a bit slippery after the rain."

Unofficial lap times

1.- Toni Elías 1:40.3 49 laps
2.- Roberto Rolfo 1:40.7 70 laps

Tags:
250cc, 2003, Toni Elias

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