Toni Elias parts ways with Avintia Racing for early switch to World Superbikes
First ever Moto2 world champion Toni Elias will not continue in Moto2 and has parted ways with the Blusens Avintia team. The 30-year-old from Manresa will instead switch to World Superbikes to take over the ride from injured Jonathan Rea, who recently broke his femur in a crash at Nürburgring.
Avintia Racing issued the following statement today.
Team Avintia Blusens team and the first Moto2 World Champion, Toni Elias, will not finish the 2013 season together.
Both joined their efforts and dreams in a project to get the results they deserved for their quality and professionalism. However, things don’t always go as planned and despite the dedication, good harmony and unity between the team and Toni himself, they were not achieving their common goals.
It’s no secret that the results achieved so far were not satisfying for anyone, even though the team has provided everything necessary and Elias gave the maximum on the track.
Toni had already set his sights on World Superbikes for next season, but a sudden offer from a team for the Manresa rider to finish this year in the championship, has accelerated the process.
Elias appreciates the effort and dedication that the team has shown this season and especially the freedom they have given him to be able to go to Superbikes.
The Blusens Avintia team is satisfied to have shared this season with a rider of Toni Elias’ level and thanks the world champion thanks for his professionalism and desire to excel.
Argentinian rider Ezequiel Iturrioz, currently riding in CEV Moto2, will replace Elias until the end of the season.
Everyone at Avintia Blusens wishes Toni Elias all the best in his new endeavors.
Source: Avintia Racing