Elias and Xaus expect a change of fortune after the summer break
After an especially difficult weekend, both Toni Elias and Ruben Xaus are already thinking about the second half of the season. The three week break before the next race in Brno will allow the Fortuna Yamaha riders the chance to rest up and recharge their batteries ahead of the remaining GPs where they will be hoping for a change of fortune. After a promising showing in the warm-up at the Sachsenring, the two Spanish riders found their plans for the race disrupted by the red flag which followed John Hopkins' huge crash.
Elias made a couple of changes to his set-up after the flag but still could not find the rhythm he had in the warm-up.
"I can't be happy because it was a very difficult weekend and the circuit here really accentuated the injury problems I have had recently," said Elias.
"We worked very hard all weekend, though, and this morning we made a big change to the bike which was positive but not quite effective enough. We have a good base now to work from at Brno and I am sure I can go much better there. In the end I had an injection before the race and up until the final ten laps, when the effect wore off, I didn't feel any pain really. Of course I would have liked to have finished higher up, but the important thing is to keep scoring points and improving from race to race. The holidays have come just at the right time for me to recover properly from my injury and improve my fitness levels."
Xaus overcame his poor grid position to achieve his objective of finishing the race and scoring more points, and of course spending more valuable time on the bike.
"This morning we were a lot closer to the pace, but in the race we started a long way down because of our qualifying time," commented Xaus.
"I was lucky not to get caught up in the crash on the first lap which saw Bayliss forced out. After the restart I rode the bike well and believe I learned quite a lot about the concept of how you need to ride a Yamaha. What I must do now is work on how to set up the bike. I am going to Andorra during the holidays to prepare for Brno and think that will be the last race of adaptation before I can really begin to attack."