LCR Honda press release
Elias Out Of Luck At His Home Soil
Aragon, 18 September: after yesterdays Aragon GP challenging qualifying session, LCR Honda MotoGP racer Toni Elias started fromthe 17th spot on the grid for the 23-lap race hold in cooler conditions (19 degrees) but the Spaniard was expecting a different result on his home soil.
The Spaniard lacked corner-exit drive during qualifying but took a very good start from the last row finishing the first lap in 9th position. Unfortunately the Spaniard could not maintain the same pace for the whole race and his competitors caught him lap by lap. At 7 laps to go Elias and Capirossi collided but they both escaped unhurt from the incident.
Elias - crashed: “Despite the crash I feel satisfied because I have pushed hard for the whole race. Once again I took a very good start and the first laps I have tried hard to follow the group. But, as happened in the past races, I missed traction control and the guys started to pass me. I could not maintain the same pace and then Loris hit me at 7 laps to go. We went both out in the gravel but I am not angry because this is racing and I am happy we are both okay”.