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Pain fails to get the better of tough Elías

Pain fails to get the better of tough Elías

Despite riding whilst injured the Gresini Racing Moto2 rider managed to claim a solid fourth place in the opening race of the intermediate category at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar.

Toni Elías showed his fighting spirit in the inaugural Moto2 race of 2010 by putting on a brave display in the debut of the new intermediate category, riding through the pain barrier to secure an impressive fourth place.

Using crutches to get around the paddock as he continues to recover from the fractures in his right ankle and left hand sustained in a fall at the final pre-season Jerez Test only two weeks previously, Elías showed superb courage and determination to exceed expectations and qualify superbly in pole position for the race.

After battling for the lead for much of the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar the former MotoGP rider tired towards the end and took fourth place, an admirable achievement given his physical condition.

”I am exhausted but happy to have picked up important points here with fourth place. I don’t think I could have asked for any more from myself and I’m also relieved to have made it to the end of the race because I was on the verge of crashing a few times thanks to the aggressive riding of some other riders,” said a fatigued but satisfied Elías.

Elías’ display when at less than 100% sent out a clear message to his rivals for the first ever Moto2 title, and he explained how he managed to hold on as the pain started to affect his ability to control his Moriwaki machine.

”There were a few moments over the course of the weekend where I wasn’t sure I could do it but the pole position gave us the opportunity to fight for a result that was way above our expectations,” said the Spaniard of the Gresini Racing Moto2 team. “The whole race was tough but when the tyres went off I struggled to handle the bike because of my lack of strength. I gritted my teeth and made it to the end.”

Elías will now continue his rehabilitation as he bids to be in a much better physical state for the second round in Japan in less than two weeks.

Moto2, 2010, COMMERCIALBANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Toni Elias, Gresini Racing Moto2

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