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Gresini pair face uphill battle for top ten

Gresini pair face uphill battle for top ten

Toni Elias and Alex de Angelis will be fighting tooth and nail to get up the order in Sunday’s race having qualified in eleventh and sixteenth places respectively in France.

Spaniard Toni Elías is struggling due to a lack of strength at Le Mans, following recent surgery to relieve arm-pump symptoms, whilst his San Carlo Honda Gresini team-mate has qualified towards the back of the grid.

Toni Elias - 11th

“I’m really suffering here because I have no strength at all in my arm and no matter how much I try I simply can’t push the bike any harder. I’ve been trying to get behind other riders for a tow and it helps but it’s so hard. This morning was particularly bad but we were at least able to improve the bike in the afternoon and the lap times came down significantly. I was able to hold my position from yesterday and I’m pleased with that. I’m doing everything I can, so are the team, and tomorrow we’ll just try to get through the race and pick up as many points as we can.”

Alex de Angelis - 16th

“We definitely improved the bike today on race tyres but when we put the softer compound in to push for a fast lap we ran into a lot of problems that we didn’t expect. We’re looking at the telemetry now, we can clearly see where the problems are and we have a radical idea to try tomorrow that we hope works. It is going to be difficult starting from so far back but we don’t have much to lose by taking a big gamble on the setting so it will be interesting to see how it turns out.”

MotoGP, 2009, GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Alex de Angelis, Toni Elias, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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