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.”