MotoGP™ world waves goodbye to Toni Elias

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Monday, 9 September 2013

Toni Elias will no longer feature in the Moto2™ World Championship, having made a mutual decision with Blusens Avintia not to continue their partnership. The Spaniard is a former MotoGP™ race winner and claimed the inaugural Moto2™ title in 2010.

The confirmation came via a team press release on Monday evening:

‘It is no secret that the results achieved so far this year were not enjoyed by anybody, although the team provided all of the necessary needs and Elias had given it his maximum on the track. Toni had already set his sights on World Superbikes for next season, but an immediate offer which involves finishing this year in that championship has accelerated the process.’

While Elias, 30, is covered for in Moto2™ by Argentina’s Ezequiel Iturrioz for the rest of the season, the MotoGP™ world waves goodbye to a familiar face.

Elias made his World Championship debut in the 125 class in 1999, clinching a career-first victory in the 2001 Dutch TT at Assen. He jumped up to 250s the following year, but did not claim a title until he returned to the intermediate class – then in its first season of Moto2™ - in 2010.

The Manresa rider spent a five-year solid stint in MotoGP™ between 2005 and 2009, memorably beating Valentino Rossi to win the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril in 2006; finishing just two thousandths of a second ahead, this matched the closest ever premier class race finish.

In 2011, Elias was instated into Champions Avenue at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, unveiling the plaque bearing his name.

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