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Elías hoping for luck in Misano race

Elías hoping for luck in Misano race

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Toni Elías believes he needs some good fortune to get on the podium on Sunday having qualified fourth at Misano.

Battling to secure a future in MotoGP at present, Toni Elías was going the right way about things on Saturday at Misano, as he placed his San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V fourth on the grid.

The Spanish rider was just 0.099 off the front row at a circuit where he finished third in last year’s MotoGP race and he was philosophical about how Saturday’s proceedings had panned out when he spoke to after qualifying.

“Yesterday we started badly, with a lot of problems, but we improved the bike overnight and made some more improvements for this afternoon,” Elías explained. “I feel much better today on the bike and we lost out on the front row in the final moments because Valentino Rossi took the pole late on.”

Previewing Sunday’s 13th race of the season, Elías added, “We are still happy because the second row is perfect. We’ll try to start well in the race and follow the best riders. We know it will be difficult but our target will be to lead the second group, try to beat them and if it is possible and we get some ‘presents’ arrive like in Brno, we could get on the podium. It depends on luck a little bit.”

MotoGP, 2009, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Toni Elias, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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