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Portugal Moto2: Gresini & Elias Report

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Toni Elias failed to finish a Moto2 race for the first time this season in Portugal Sunday, the Spaniard crashing out as he tried to recover positions.

It is been a difficult weekend for the Moto2 World Champion, who has struggled since clinching the title he won in Malaysia but he remains hopeful of finishing on a high in his fourth home race of the season next weekend.

Toni Elias (DNF at Portugal Moto3) says: “I knew this was going to be a difficult Moto2 race. It was tough at the start but when the track started to dry out everything was getting easier for us because we had a faster pace than the lead group. I thought I was going to be able to crash them but when De Angelis and Iannone passed me they ran me wide onto a damp patch and before I even realized it I was in the air.”

“At Phillip Island the problem was the bike but here it was me! Luckily all this has happened after winning the title so that’s okay. I am disappointed for the team though and I hope I can give them a victory to celebrate at Valencia, even though it isn’t my favorite track.”

Vladimir Ivanov (25th at Portugal Moto2) “I took a step forward in the race – not a massive one but an important one because it gives me the confidence to go to Valencia, have a good race and finish the season in positive fashion.”

Fausto Gresini (Gresini Moto2 Team Owner) says: “We knew this was going to be a difficult race and that’s what it turned out to be. Luckily the season is practically over for us and we already have the title in the bag. I am disappointed for Elias and his team though because I am sure they would all like to honor the title in a different way. We will try to do it at Valencia.”

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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