LCR Honda press release
Elias Looking For More Rear Grip At Misano GP Opening Day
Misano, 2 September: Just one week after their last outing at Indianapolis in the US, the premier class riders had to battle against the hot conditions today at Misano race which hosts the San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix this week. LCR Honda racer Toni Elias is a big fan of the 4.226 Km race track and, other than Pedrosa, he has been the Honda rider with the most success here over the past three years.
The Spaniard’s first outing this morning has been affected by some rear grip issues that he tried to solve for the afternoon session improving his pace. But the 17th position is not what the Moto2 World Champion is expecting on this surface and will try different adjustments tomorrow. Today’s pacesetter Lorenzo set the fastest lap time on 1’33.929.
Elias: “I am a big fan of this track and experienced a thrilling victory last year in Moto2. From this morning to this afternoon we made some adjustments on the bike aiming to improve our rear grip which is our main issue. Later on in the afternoon we have tried some different directions about the front geometry but it was not successful. So tomorrow we will go back to our initial set up trying to fine tune the package ahead the qualifying session and we will also compare rear tyres in order to take our decision for the race”.