Lucio Cecchinello (LCR Honda MotoGP Team Manager) says: "First of all I want to thank Randy for his precious cooperation and for the several successes we have shared in the 250cc class and in the MotoGP class in the last five years together." "The chance to work with Toni Elias is a big incentive for us because this is a very important moment for presenting to our sponsors and partners a new project. The nice thing is that Toni and I raced together in the 125cc class; I was at the end of my career and he was at the beginning." "I remember he was a very very hard rider and very resolute. As time goes by he has improved very much and I think he is a very talented rider with a lot of experience. All the staff and I give him our warmest welcome!"Toni Elias (2011 LCR Honda MotoGP Rider) says: "I am thrilled to be back in MotoGP and I am happy to race with the LCR Team. I want to thank Lucio and Honda for their trust and I am anxious to return." "I have known Lucio for a long time as we raced together in the 125cc GP class from 1999 to 2001; although his Team is not an official one it is very professional and well organized. Being their only rider is a further warranty for me".