Toni Elías

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Toni Elías
Toni Elias 2010 Phillip Island.jpg
Nationality  Spanish
Born (1983-03-26) 26 March 1983 (age 31)
Manresa, Catalonia
Current team JR Racing BMW Team
Bike number 24
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 20052009, 20112012
Manufacturers Yamaha, Honda, Ducati
2012 Championship position 24th (10 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
99 1 6 0 3 572
Moto2 World Championship
Active years 2010, 2012-2013
Manufacturers Moriwaki, Suter, Kalex
Championships 1 (2010)
2013 Championship position 18th (22 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
41 7 8 3 2 343
250cc World Championship
Active years 20022004
Manufacturers Aprilia, Honda
Championships 0
2004 Championship position 4th
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
48 7 20 5 6 603
125cc World Championship
Active years 19992001
Manufacturers Honda
Championships 0
2001 Championship position 3rd
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
35 2 9 4 1 243
Superbike World Championship
Active years 20132014
Manufacturers Aprilia
Championships 0
2014 Championship position 9th (171 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
32 0 0 0 0 241
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Elías and the second or maternal family name is Justícia.

Antonio "Toni" Elías Justícia (born 26 March 1983 in Manresa, (Catalonia, Spain[1]) is a professional motorcycle racer and inaugural champion of the Moto2 World Championship. He is the third member of the Elías family to compete in motorcycle racing. He has a single MotoGP victory. He currently competes in the Superbike World Championship for JR Racing BMW Team aboard a BMW S1000RR.

Career[edit]

Elías testing at Sepang in 2007.

Elías started racing in the 125cc World Championship in 2000 at the age of 17, finishing 3rd in 2001 and taking his first win in the Dutch TT at the prestigious Assen circuit. He went to 250s for 2002, finishing 4th that year, 3rd a year later, and 4th in 2004.

In 2005 he entered MotoGP for Fortuna Yamaha. In 2006 and 2007 his Fortuna backing has got him a ride for Gresini Honda alongside 2005 runner-up Marco Melandri. He only took one podium in 2006, albeit his first, and so far only, win in the top category. After a podium in the first half of 2007 he crashed at Assen, breaking his leg, sabotaging his season. He managed to make a return to the podium at Motegi.

After spending the 2008 season with the Alice Ducati team, Elias returned to Gresini Honda for 2009, replacing Shinya Nakano to ride alongside Alex de Angelis.[2]

For 2010 he moved down to the new Moto2 class, on a Moriwaki bike for Gresini. He was competitive in pre-season testing before a heavy crash threatened to derail his status as title favourite.[3] He was victorious at Le Mans after a chaotic race also led by Alex Debón and Jules Cluzel.[4] He claimed the lead in the championship following this win, and would not relinquish it for the remainder of the season, clinching the inaugural Moto2 World Championship at the Malaysian Grand Prix with three rounds to spare.[5]

He returned to the MotoGP grid in 2011 with Team LCR, riding a Honda RC212V.[6] 2011 heralded his worst season in the MotoGP class, scoring only 61 points and finishing 15th in the Championship. He left Team LCR, and will return to Moto2 in 2012 with the Aspar Racing Team, a team he rode for in the 250cc class. After Mugello race team and rider ended his relationship.

Return to Pramac Ducati[edit]

On 24 July 2012, Pramac Ducati announced that Elias would replace the injured Hector Barbera until he was deemed fit to race. He raced a Satellite version of the GP12. At Laguna Seca he qualified 17th and retired during the race. He was scheduled to ride at Indianapolis but Barbera decided he wanted to return early, however Barbera suffered a high-side in Practice and injured his leg once more. Elias substituted for him until San Marino.

First MotoGP victory[edit]

Elías won his first premier class race on 15 October 2006 with a fantastic final lap of the Portuguese MotoGP at Estoril. Elías had started the lap in third place, but an aggressive braking move into Curva 1, moved him past Valentino Rossi and the then-leader Kenny Roberts, Jr. into the lead. He actually clipped Roberts while braking, and this loss of momentum meant that Rossi passed Roberts for second position. These positions held until the chicane (turns 9 and 10) near the end of the lap. It looked like Elías had left the door wide open for Rossi and sure enough, the reigning world champion dived to the inside to pass the Spaniard. However, Elías would keep pressuring Rossi, trying to pass him on the run towards turns 11 and 12. Rossi had the line and kept the position, and it seemed as if Rossi would be 13 points clear of title rival Nicky Hayden going to the final round in Valencia. But Elías kept the speed up through the thirteenth and final turn, and tucked in behind Rossi, to draft him alongside the Italian. In a finish that needed a video replay, Elías was given the race by just 0.002 seconds. It was one of the closest finishes in the history of MotoGP, and a great way for Elías to secure his maiden premier class victory. This victory helped secure him a contract extension, which was doubtful prior to the win at Estoril, with Honda and Fausto Gresini for the 2007 Moto GP season.

As it turned out, Elías' victory cost Rossi five points, which was the exact number of points that Rossi would finish behind Hayden in the Championship standings.

Career statistics[edit]

Elías on a Honda RC212V at the 2009 Dutch TT.

Grand Prix racing[edit]

All statistics according to MotoGP.com[7]

By season[edit]

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
1999 125cc Honda RS125 3 0 0 0 0 2 33rd
2000 125cc Honda RS125 16 0 0 0 0 24 20th
2001 125cc Honda RS125 16 2 9 4 1 217 3rd
2002 250cc Aprilia RS250 16 1 5 0 1 178 4th
2003 250cc Aprilia RS250 16 5 7 5 4 226 3rd
2004 250cc Honda RS250 16 1 8 0 1 199 4th
2005 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Fortuna Tech 3 14 0 0 0 0 74 12th
2006 MotoGP Honda RC211V Fortuna Gresini Racing 15 1 1 0 1 116 9th
2007 MotoGP Honda RC212V Gresini Racing 15 0 2 0 2 104 12th
2008 MotoGP Ducati GP8 Pramac Racing 18 0 2 0 0 92 12th
2009 MotoGP Honda RC212V San Carlo Gresini Racing 17 0 1 0 0 115 7th
2010 Moto2 Moriwaki MD600 Gresini Racing 17 7 8 3 2 271 1st
2011 MotoGP Honda RC212V Team LCR 17 0 0 0 0 61 15th
2012 Moto2 Suter MMXII Aspar Racing Team 13 0 0 0 0 50 16th
Kalex Moto2 Italtrans Racing Team
MotoGP Ducati GP12 Pramac Racing 3 0 0 0 0 10 24th
2013 Moto2 Kalex Moto2 Blusens Avintia 11 0 0 0 0 22 18th
Total 223 17 43 12 12 1761

By class[edit]

Class Seas 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125 cc 1999–2001 1999 Spain 2001 France 2001 Dutch 35 2 9 4 1 243 0
250 cc 2002–2004 2002 Japan 2002 Dutch 2002 Pacific 48 7 20 5 6 603 0
MotoGP 2005–2009, 2011–2012 2005 Spain 2006 Portugal 2006 Portugal 99 1 6 0 3 572 0
Moto2 2010, 2012– 2010 Qatar 2010 Spain 2010 Spain 41 7 8 3 2 343 1
Total 1999–Present 223 17 43 12 12 1761 1

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
1999 125cc Honda MAL JPN SPA
21
FRA ITA CAT
Ret
NED GBR GER CZE IMO VAL
14
AUS RSA BRA ARG 33rd 2
2000 125cc Honda RSA
23
MAL
17
JPN
17
SPA
16
FRA
17
ITA
15
CAT
8
NED
Ret
GBR
14
GER
Ret
CZE
14
POR
17
VAL
15
BRA
14
PAC
12
AUS
12
20th 24
2001 125cc Honda JPN
16
RSA
18
SPA
13
FRA
3
ITA
4
CAT
2
NED
1
GBR
2
GER
2
CZE
1
POR
3
VAL
2
PAC
Ret
AUS
3
MAL
6
BRA
4
3rd 217
2002 250cc Aprilia JPN
11
RSA
16
SPA
10
FRA
6
ITA
4
CAT
10
NED
2
GBR
3
GER
6
CZE
3
POR
13
BRA
5
PAC
1
MAL
2
AUS
5
VAL
10
4th 178
2003 250cc Aprilia JPN
Ret
RSA
8
SPA
1
FRA
1
ITA
6
CAT
4
NED
13
GBR
4
GER
7
CZE
2
POR
1
BRA
18
PAC
1
MAL
1
AUS
11
VAL
2
3rd 226
2004 250cc Honda RSA
8
SPA
12
FRA
3
ITA
6
CAT
3
NED
3
BRA
3
GER
22
GBR
Ret
CZE
5
POR
1
JPN
2
QAT
6
MAL
3
AUS
5
VAL
2
4th 199
2005 MotoGP Yamaha SPA
12
POR
14
CHN
14
FRA
9
ITA CAT NED USA
13
GBR
9
GER
12
CZE
14
JPN
9
MAL
11
QAT
8
AUS
9
TUR
6
VAL
10
12th 74
2006 MotoGP Honda SPA
4
QAT
8
TUR
5
CHN
11
FRA
9
ITA
7
CAT
Ret
NED GBR GER
11
USA
15
CZE
11
MAL
Ret
AUS
9
JPN
6
POR
1
VAL
6
9th 116
2007 MotoGP Honda QAT
14
SPA
4
CHN
Ret
TUR
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
6
CAT
Ret
GBR
12
NED GER USA CZE
11
RSM
7
POR
8
JPN
3
AUS
15
MAL
6
VAL
10
12th 104
2008 MotoGP Ducati QAT
14
SPA
15
POR
12
CHN
8
FRA
11
ITA
12
CAT
DSQ
GBR
11
NED
12
GER
12
USA
7
CZE
2
RSM
3
IND
12
JPN
16
AUS
11
MAL
15
VAL
18
12th 92
2009 MotoGP Honda QAT
9
JPN
15
SPA
9
FRA
10
ITA
14
CAT
18
NED
12
USA
6
GER
6
GBR
Ret
CZE
3
IND
9
RSM
6
POR
6
AUS
10
MAL
7
VAL
6
7th 115
2010 Moto2 Moriwaki QAT
4
SPA
1
FRA
1
ITA
5
GBR
10
NED
2
CAT
5
GER
1
CZE
1
IND
1
RSM
1
ARA
4
JPN
1
MAL
4
AUS
7
POR
Ret
VAL
30
1st 271
2011 MotoGP Honda QAT
Ret
SPA
9
POR
11
FRA
11
CAT
13
GBR
8
NED
10
ITA
15
GER
16
USA
13
CZE
11
IND
13
RSM
15
ARA
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
8
MAL
C
VAL
10
15th 61
2012 Moto2 Suter QAT
13
SPA
9
POR
7
FRA
11
CAT
Ret
GBR
12
NED
9
GER
Ret
ITA
Ret
RSM ARA 16th 50
Kalex JPN
Ret
MAL
12
AUS
12
VAL
9
MotoGP Ducati USA
Ret
IND
11
CZE
11
24th 10
2013 Moto2 Kalex QAT
15
AME
9
SPA
9
FRA
Ret
ITA
11
CAT
Ret
NED
Ret
GER
20
IND
17
CZE
15
GBR
15
RSM ARA MAL AUS JPN VAL 18th 22

Superbike World Championship[edit]

Races by year[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2013 Aprilia AUS AUS SPA SPA NED NED ITA ITA GBR GBR POR POR ITA ITA RUS RUS GBR GBR GER GER TUR
6
TUR
5
USA
8
USA
7
FRA
Ret
FRA
8
SPA
5
SPA
4
16th 70
2014 Aprilia AUS
Ret
AUS
9
SPA
7
SPA
9
NED
5
NED
Ret
ITA
9
ITA
7
GBR
9
GBR
8
MAL
5
MAL
4
SMR
6
SMR
6
POR
Ret
POR
10
USA
5
USA
5
SPA
8
SPA
10
FRA
Ret
FRA
Ret
QAT
6
QAT
6
9th 171
  • * Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Bike, my life" (in Spanish). Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Elias returns as Gresini announce 2009 structure". motogp.com (Dorna Sports). 2 October 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Double surgery for Elías following Jerez fall". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 31 March 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Elias wins crash-packed Le Mans". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 23 May 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Toni Elias wins the first Moto2 title". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 10 October 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Elías to return to premier class with LCR in 2011". motogp.com (Dorna Sports). 31 October 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Rider Statistics – Toni Elías". MotoGP.com. Retrieved 16 October 2007. 

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Preceded by
Hiroshi Aoyama (250cc)
Moto2 Motorcycle World Champion
2010
Succeeded by
Stefan Bradl