Difficult weekend in the U.S. for Toni Elías and Pramac Racing Team

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Replacement rider Toni Elías suffered a tough race at Laguna Seca this weekend after crashing out on the second lap.

Despite the result, the Pramac Racing Team ended this weekend with a positive feeling. Thanks to two days of full work with the Pramac Racing crew, Toni was able improve progressively lap after lap in the preceding session, increasing his confidence with his Ducati.

In the next two weeks, regular rider Héctor Barberá will be continuing his rehabilitation and will be evaluated by Dr, Mir, who will check the physical progress that he is making after his leg surgery to repair the fractures left tibia and fibula.

The Pramac Racing Team in agreement with Héctor will come to a decision about who will ride the Pramac Ducati machine at the upcoming 11th round that will take place in Indianapolis in two weeks time.

Toni Elías

"I am very sorry for how this weekend ended. Up until my crash I was gaining positions. I have to be happy with the progress we made in only three days with the Ducati. Every time I sat on the bike I managed to increase my confidence with the bike and I was able to improve my lap times, even if I was still learning the bike’s reaction on this untraditional track. Today I didn’t made a brilliant start, but I felt good. Unfortunately Pirro crashed in front of me, I briefly rode into the gravel but I was able to regain the confidence with my Ducati. I was planning to catch the riders ahead, but I braked too late and I lost the front finding myself off track. To conclude this weekend with a crash leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but I hope to have the opportunity in the near future to collaborate again and continue to improve. I would like to thank the Pramac Racing Team for allowing me to be part of the team at this Laguna GP, thanks for a wonderful experience."

Press release courtesy of Pramac Racing Team.

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