Elias Searching For Rear Grip At Hot Sepang Soil
Sepang, 22 October: LCR Honda MotoGP rider Toni Elias rode his Honda RC212V to the 15th place today (2’03.646) in a tough andvery hot qualifying 60-minute session at Sepang circuit in readiness for the tomorrow’s 20-lap last over sea race that gets underway at 16:00 local time with 3 Honda riders on the front (Pedrosa, Stoner and Dovizioso).
Elias spent the majority of a physically demanding qualifying session concentrating on improving front and rear grip but today’s asphalt temperature rose up to 46 degrees and the Spaniard could not take the most of his Honda machinery despite the adjustments done in this morning free session.
Elias – 15th: “This morning it seemed we had found a better balance on front and rear suspension but with more heat and higher asphalt higher temperature we missed rear grip and the balance of the bike was not the same. The rear was pushing into the front and automatically I was losing the front in the corners. We must check the data to understand what we need to do because the setting of this morning on a 39 degrees track temperature was not working properly in this afternoon 50 degrees temperature”.