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“Two steps forward” for Elías in Germany

“Two steps forward” for Elías in Germany

The Gresini Racing Moto2 rider’s third win of the season at Sachsenring extended his lead at the top of the Championship to 42 points, and the improvements made delighted him greatly.

Toni Elías used all of his GP racing experience to mount a marvellous comeback and take victory in the Moto2 eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland on Sunday, his third win of the campaign and a result that further strengthens his grip on the Championship lead.

“The most important thing is that we improved a lot,” he said after an impressive win. “We made not just one step forward, but two I think.”

Dropping from his starting grid position on the front row to 11th at the beginning of the race Elías worked his way back up to fourth with 21 laps remaining, at which stage he was a full 7.112s off race leader Andrea Iannone.

“I had a very bad start and it was very difficult because a lot of riders made it hard for me. Anyway, after I got past many riders I saw Iannone was more or less six seconds ahead, and then I saw after every lap that the gap was a little less… that gave me the power to push,” explained Elías, who moved into third on lap nine before gradually closing the substantial gap to pass second-placed Gabor Talmacsi. Iannone was then overtaken with six laps to go.

“When I was third I caught up and finally I passed them, and what I thought was going to be the most difficult moment in the race was probably the easiest,” he said.

“I would also like to say thank you to my team, because they are working hard and pushing a lot. The situation now is perfect and victory at this track is special because it’s not one of my favourites. It’s incredible!”

Elías leads the overall standings with 136 points, ahead of Tom Lüthi (94) who crashed out of the race and Iannone (90) who placed second.

Moto2, 2010, eni MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Toni Elias, Gresini Racing Moto2

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