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Heartbreak for Elias in front of home fans

Heartbreak for Elias in front of home fans

Toni Elias was black-flagged at his home Grand Prix on Sunday, causing huge disappointment for the Catalan rider and his Alice Team mechanics.

It was a hard day for the Alice Team at the Montmelo circuit just north of Barcelona on Sunday as Toni Elias was black-flagged for a jump start and Sylvain Guintoli disappointingly finished thirteenth in the MotoGP race.

Sylvain Guintoli – thirteenth

`I am obviously not happy with how the race went today. I started really bad, not like in recent races, and found myself last after the first lap. Then, trying to overtake Toni, I went off track and I lost a lot of time. I did all I could to catch West and Melandri, but when I reached them, probably because I had pushed a lot, my rear tyre didn´t have the same grip in the last two laps. I hope to do well tomorrow and Tuesday in testing and to achieve a better position at Donington.´

Toni Elias – Disqualified

`I´m lost for words. I am sorry for the team and for my fans who have been really good with me this weekend. Just a few seconds before the start I went just a bit forward but I didn´t think it was much. In the first laps I was fighting with Melandri, West and Guintoli and I was too focussed on the race. When I saw the pit-board with the penalty sign it was too late. Now we have to concentrate on these two days of testing to find some valid solutions which will allow us to be competitive in the next race.´

MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Sylvain Guintoli, Toni Elias, Alice Team

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