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Elias ready to `follow the best´ from fifth at Misano

Elias ready to `follow the best´ from fifth at Misano

A highest qualifying position of the year went to Toni Elias at Misano on Saturday.

Toni Elias followed up his best race result of the year to date (at Brno in the previous round) with his best qualifying performance of the year at Misano. The Alice Team rider starts from fifth on the grid for the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marinio e della Riviera di Rimini, and says that a 180 degree change on Friday is to thank for the upturn in his lap times.

`I´m really happy; I didn´t expect this result,´ said a pleasantly surprised Elias after the thrilling qualifying session. `Yesterday we had big problem with balance. I felt too much weight on the front. We made a radical change and I felt good after that.´

Elias finished as the highest placing Ducati rider in the Czech Republic, but may have trouble keeping up with factory man Casey Stoner. Nonetheless, the exciting Spaniard will have the front row riders in his sights when the lights go out on Sunday.

`I have good pace for tomorrow, and the second row is perfect because this is a small circuit. I´ll try and start well and follow the best riders,´ concluded Elias.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Toni Elias, Alice Team

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