Decent 11th place finish for Elias after thrilling battle
In a thrilling 28-lap race LCR Honda MotoGP rider Toni Elias finished 11th in today’s French Grand Prix at a cloudy “24 heures circuit du Mans” which saw Stoner taking his second victory. Toni Elias had a tough time in qualifying, ending yesterday afternoon’s session in 17th, albeit only 2.280s down on pole position but the Spaniard took a good start from the last spot on the grid engaging a close battle with a 4-rider group.
At 15 laps to go, when he was leading the group, Elias had a small highside banging his foot on the bike but he stayed on proceeding his positive race and gaining further 5 points in the world standing. Elias will return on track for his home GP in Catalunya on the 5th of June.
Toni Elias – 11th: “We have been afraid about the warm up of the tyres because the track temperature was colder compared to the practices but at the end it was not so bad. Our rear traction problem is not solved yet but now I can see progressive improvements and I want to thank the team for their good work. When I was leading the small group in the back I thought that I could catch Aoyama but suddenly I have suffered a bike shaking banging my feet on the fairing. My leather security airbag activated and I could not ride properly for a couple of laps till it went down. After that I pushed to catch the group again but could not finish in the top ten. Anyway it has been a positive week end and I hope to see a further improvements at my home GP”.
Source: LCR Honda