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Elías thrilled to take Moto2 Championship lead

Elías thrilled to take Moto2 Championship lead

The Gresini Racing Moto2 rider moved to the top of the intermediate category standings with victory at Le Mans, his second successive race win of the season.

Toni Elías underlined his strength as one of the main candidates for the inaugural Moto2 World Championship title with a second consecutive win over the weekend, taking victory with another commanding ride at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

The Spanish rider’s achievements in the opening three rounds have been doubly impressive, as he was still recovering from a pre-season testing injury when he secured fourth in the opening race in Qatar and victory at Jerez. He then overcame a crash in qualifying at Le Mans to place himself seventh on the starting grid, going on to win the race from the second row.

“I’m really happy because we had a big problem with the crash,” said Elías. “My team replaced my bike very quickly and I was able to get back out on track within 15 minutes. It was very important to be able to start the race from seventh position on the second row.”

Elías got away well and was battling at the front of the field as a spate of crashes occurred behind him. Julián Simón managed to keep pace with Elías but the race winner – who did not relinquish the lead from lap seven onwards – was able to hold off his compatriot’s challenge to finish with a 1.336s margin of victory.

“I made a good start and many riders crashed. Simón started to catch me midway through the race, and finally I found a good rhythm in the last few laps and was able to take advantage.”

One of those who failed to finish the race was Shoya Tomizawa, whom Elías deposed from the top of the Championship standings. He now holds an 18-point lead over the Japanese rider after three rounds as they head to Mugello next.

“I love Mugello. It’s not an easy track and we have to work more to get more traction. At the moment the situation in the Championship is good, but I’m thinking race by race. Le Mans was great not just for my team but also for Moriwaki, who are also working really hard,” Elías added.

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