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Gresini comments on Elias link

Gresini comments on Elias link

San Carlo Honda Gresini boss Fausto Gresini has confirmed that he is talking with Toni Elias in an attempt to bring the Spaniard back to the team in 2009.

The recent good form of Toni Elias has made him hot property in the rider market as the MotoGP teams finalise their 2009 line-ups and the likeable Catalan is currently in discussions with San Carlo Honda Gresini about returning to Fausto Gresini´s satellite Honda outfit.

Elias reportedly has offers from his current employees, Alice Team, and for a ride on Kawasaki machinery next year, but Gresini is hoping to bring the 25 year-old back to his team.

Having nurtured Elias´ talents for two seasons in 2006 and 2007 in MotoGP, Gresini is keen to have him back and confirmed the two parties are in negotiation.

`At the moment we´re talking with Toni,´ admitted Gresini. `We´re very interested in him and he is interested too, but things are not done yet. We are working on a project to work together again. We still need some time to sort it out, but hopefully we should be able to announce shortly who will be riding alongside Alex de Angelis next season.´

Ahead of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, Gresini last week announced the retention of rookie De Angelis´ services and told on Saturday, `We put our faith in Alex this year, for his first season in MotoGP and he has proved his worth. He is very talented and we want to let him improve as a rider with our team. It was a natural step to allow him to continue with us and push him forward, as we believe he can get great results in MotoGP.´

With regard to what the Elias negotiations would mean for De Angelis´ current team-mate Shinya Nakano, Gresini stated, `We still have to finalise our project for next year. Even if Shinya doesn´t ride with us in 2009, I have the total respect for him and I hope he gets a good opportunity.´

Meanwhile, commenting on the special ambience this weekend at the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit, Gresini declared, `Indianapolis is a very special venue, the track is special and the atmosphere is great. They say you never remember your first time, but tomorrow we hope they all have a great race.´

MotoGP, 2008, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Toni Elias, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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