For 2010 Toni Elias will move from the premier MotoGP class over the new Moto2 class. Elias will be riding the Moriwaki MD600 chassis for Team Gresini in the inaugural Moto2 season. Alongside Elias will be his new teammate Vladimir Ivanov.
Elias who has had mixed success over the last five years in MotoGP has on rare occasion shown some racing brilliance. Valentino Rossi once stated that Elias "was riding like the devil" after Elias beat Rossi to the checker flag. Elias, meek in stature, needs to find more consistent results in the new and less powerful 600cc class.
Honda Gresini rider Toni Elías needs to build up his confidence and get comfortable on his RC212V this weekend at round four.
His return to the San Carlo Honda Gresini team on a factory Honda bike this year has not gone quite to plan for Toni Elías so far, with two ninth places in Qatar and Spain the best he has managed to date in 2009.
Elías was downbeat after his frustration on home soil at Jerez and he does not expect a big step forward in terms of results this weekend at the Grand Prix de France where he will be aiming for a top ten finish.