Tony Elias: Monza Rally Car Report

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Toni Elias, the new LCR Honda MotoGP Team rider, won the Moto2 World Title seven weeks ago in Sepang Malaysia and is still on the road doing promotions, conferences and celebrations.

Last weekend the Spanish MotoGP racer has decided to get back to business, this time he gave up his Honda RC212V for four-wheels instead of two at the 31st edition of Monza Rally Show in Milan Italy.

Elias, driving a rally car for the first time in his career, challenged his GP motorcycle racing competitors including, Marco Simoncelli (MotoGP) and Andrea Iannone (Moto2) taking his Grande Punto Abarth to 28th in the Super2000 class and 70th overall in rally car race.

Before flying back to Spain the 27-year-old MotoGP star visited his new LCR Honda Team Manager Lucio Cecchinello at the Team technical division to meet the whole staff and explore some LCR Team history.

Tony Elias (2011 LCR Honda MotoGP Rider) says: “Lately I am traveling a lot for interviews, ceremonies etc… and I like that but I needed a break and the Monza Rally was the right opportunity. That was my first time on a rally car but I enjoyed a lot. I think I have found a new game to play! Then before going back home I have decided to visit Lucio and the Honda Team at their tech division.”

“I was impressed about the atmosphere and the history you can feel in that place: it is full of photos, awards, motorbikes in every corner and all of the staff (technicians, hospitality staff, administration and commercial personnel and graphic department guys) have been very friendly and warm with me”.

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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 Editor at Large 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).