LCR Honda press release
Elias’ Efforts Do Not Give Him A Better Pace At The Island GP Qualifying
Phillip Island, 15 October: Despite the weather forecast calling for rain showers, the second day of track action at the ocean track began under clear skies but with cooler temperatures and a stronger wind that did not affect Stoner’s performance in the 60-minute qualifying session on his home soil. Aussie racer leaded the pack ahead Lorenzo and Simoncelli.
In yesterday’s first run out the LCR racer Toni Elias kept working hard with his squad chasing the best set up for the ocean track ahead today’s qualifying. Elias was aiming to improve his Honda machinery traction control and stability trying to make his way into the top-10 but today’s different conditions disrupted the Spaniard’s pace who qualified 16th on 1’32.503.
Elias – 16th – 1’32.503: “Compared to yesterday the conditions were a bit tricky with cooler temperature and stronger wind and it seems we could not get the feeling we had yesterday in warmer conditions. After that we got some issues in turn one and turn eight just about front feeling and we have been working on that this afternoon trying to fix the problem but we could not really improve. I am still convinced we have got the potential to race in the top-10 so in tomorrow’s warm up session we will try to fix the bike and, as always, I have to take a good start from the back of the pack”.