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Elías cites weight disadvantage for defeat

Elías cites weight disadvantage for defeat

Elías cites weight disadvantage for defeat

Toni Elías re-ignited the debate over Dani Pedrosa's weight ‘advantage' after battling for victory with his Spanish compatriot in the Camel Grand Prix of Japan on Sunday.

Elías claimed he was powerless to prevent Pedrosa escaping over the final laps and backed up comments from Sebastían Porto earlier in the season that the series leader is not necessarily a better rider than his rivals, but instead benefits from his lightweight physique.

"I'm happy about today's result because I was at the front once more, fighting for victory, but at the end it became clear that the difference between Pedrosa's 44 kilos and my 57 are very important," declared Elías. "But I did everything I could and I don't think that Pedrosa was quicker than I was."

"It was a tough race and I felt strong, but I couldn't do anything and although I will continue to push in the remaining Grands Prix, I think it will be very hard if things don't change, given that today things went well and I found it impossible to win."

Tags:
250cc, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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