Toni Elías

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Toni Elías
Toni Elias 2010 Phillip Island.jpg
NationalitySpanish
Born (1983-03-26) 26 March 1983 (age 37)
Manresa, Spain
Current team Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing
Bike number24
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 20052009, 20112012, 2015
Manufacturers Yamaha, Honda, Ducati, Yamaha Forward
Championships 0
2015 championship position27th (2 pts)
StartsWinsPodiums Poles F. laps Points
1051603574
Moto2 World Championship
Active years 2010, 20122013
Manufacturers Moriwaki, Suter, Kalex
Championships 1 (2010)
2013 championship position18th (22 pts)
StartsWinsPodiums Poles F. laps Points
417832343
250cc World Championship
Active years 20022004
Manufacturers Aprilia, Honda
Championships 0
2004 championship position4th (199 pts)
StartsWinsPodiums Poles F. laps Points
4872056603
125cc World Championship
Active years 19992001
Manufacturers Honda
Championships 0
2001 championship position3rd (217 pts)
StartsWinsPodiums Poles F. laps Points
352941243
Superbike World Championship
Active years 20132014
Manufacturers Aprilia
Championships 0
2014 championship position9th (171 pts)
StartsWinsPodiums Poles F. laps Points
320000241

Antonio "Toni" Elías Justícia (born 26 March 1983) 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 currently rides a Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the MotoAmerica AMA Superbike Championship, where he finished 3rd in the 2016 season, with 6 wins out of 18 and 304 points, 7 less than champion Cameron Beaubier. [1] He won the championship in the 2017 season. In 2018 he finished as runner-up behind champion Cameron Beaubier and in 2019 he finished as runner-up, 5 points behind championship winner, once again Beaubier.

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Career

Elias testing at Sepang in 2007. Toni elias 2007 malaysian test.jpg
Elías testing at Sepang in 2007.

Born in Manresa, Catalonia, Spain [2] 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 250cc 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. [3]

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. [4] He was victorious at Le Mans after a chaotic race also led by Alex Debón and Jules Cluzel. [5] 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. [6]

He returned to the MotoGP grid in 2011 with Team LCR, riding a Honda RC212V. [7] 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.

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

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 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. Elías was the last non-factory rider to win a race until Jack Miller won for the Marc VDS Racing Team at the 2016 Dutch TT.

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

Elias on a Honda RC212V at the 2009 Dutch TT. Toni Elias.jpg
Elías on a Honda RC212V at the 2009 Dutch TT.

Career summary

SeasonSeries/ClassMotorcycleTeamRaceWinPodiumPoleFLapPtsPlcd
1999 125cc Honda RS125R R.A.C.C.20000233rd
Polini10000
2000 125cc Honda RS125 Chupa Chups Matteoni Racing1600002420th
2001 125cc Honda RS125 Telefónica Movistar Junior Team1629412173rd
2002 250cc Aprilia RS250 Telefónica Movistar-Repsol 1615011784th
2003 250cc Aprilia RS250 Team Repsol Telefónica Movistar 1657542263rd
2004 250cc Honda RS250R Fortuna Honda 1618011994th
2005 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Fortuna Yamaha Team 1400007412th
2006 MotoGP Honda RC211V Fortuna Honda 1511011169th
2007 MotoGP Honda RC212V Honda Gresini 15020210412th
2008 MotoGP Ducati Desmosedici GP8 Alice Team 1802009212th
2009 MotoGP Honda RC212V San Carlo Honda Gresini 1701001157th
2010 Moto2 Moriwaki MD600 Gresini Racing Moto2 1778322711st
2011 MotoGP Honda RC212V LCR Honda MotoGP 1700006115th
2012 MotoGP Ducati Desmosedici GP12 Pramac Racing Team 300001024th
Moto2 Suter MMXII Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 900005016th
Kalex Moto2 Italtrans Racing Team40000
2013 Moto2 Kalex Moto2 Blusens Avintia 1100002218th
Superbike Aprilia RSV4 Factory Red Devils Roma800007016th
2014 Superbike Aprilia RSV4 Factory Red Devils Roma2400001719th
2015 MotoGP Honda RC213V-RS AB Motoracing 10000227th
Yamaha Forward Forward Racing 50000
2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Suzuki GSX-R1000 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing n/a3043rd
2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Suzuki GSX-R1000 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing n/a4101st
2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Suzuki GSX-R1000 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing n/a3392nd
2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Suzuki GSX-R1000 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing n/a3622nd
2020 MotoAmerica Superbike Suzuki GSX-R1000 M4 ECSTAR Suzukin/a46*8th*

* Season still in progress.

Grand Prix motorcycle racing

All statistics according to MotoGP.com [8]

By class

ClassSeasons1st GP1st Pod1st WinRaceWinPodiums Pole FLapPtsWChmp
125cc1999–2001 1999 Spain 2001 France 2001 Netherlands 3529412430
250cc2002–2004 2002 Japan 2002 Netherlands 2002 Pacific 48720566030
MotoGP2005–2009, 2011–2012, 2015 2005 Spain 2006 Portugal 2006 Portugal 10516035740
Moto22010, 2012–2013 2010 Qatar 2010 Spain 2010 Spain 4178323431
Total1999–2013, 20152291743121217631

Races by year

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

YearClassBike123456789101112131415161718PosPts
1999 125cc Honda MAL JPN SPA
21
FRA ITA CAT
Ret
NED GBR GER CZE IMO VAL
14
AUS RSA BRA ARG 33rd2
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
20th24
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
3rd217
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
4th178
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
3rd226
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
4th199
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
12th74
2006 MotoGP Honda SPA
4
QAT
8
TUR
5
CHN
11
FRA
9
ITA
7
CAT
Ret
NED
WD
GBR GER
11
USA
15
CZE
11
MAL
Ret
AUS
9
JPN
6
POR
1
VAL
6
9th116
2007 MotoGP Honda QAT
14
SPA
4
TUR
2
CHN
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
6
CAT
Ret
GBR
12
NED
WD
GER USA CZE
11
RSM
7
POR
8
JPN
3
AUS
15
MAL
6
VAL
10
12th104
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
12th92
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
7th115
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
1st271
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
15th61
2012 Moto2 Suter QAT
13
SPA
9
POR
7
FRA
11
CAT
Ret
GBR
12
NED
9
GER
Ret
ITA
Ret
RSM ARA 16th50
Kalex JPN
Ret
MAL
12
AUS
12
VAL
9
MotoGP Ducati USA
Ret
IND
11
CZE
11
24th10
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 18th22
2015 MotoGP Honda QAT AME ARG SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GER IND
22
CZE GBR RSM 27th2
Yamaha Forward ARA
21
JPN
20
AUS
22
MAL
14
VAL
20

Superbike World Championship

Races by year

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

YearBike1234567891011121314PosPts
R1R2R1R2R1R2R1R2R1R2R1R2R1R2R1R2R1R2R1R2R1R2R1R2R1R2R1R2
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
16th70
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
9th171

Suzuka 8 Hours Results

YearTeamCo-RidersBikePos
2015 Flag of Japan.svg TOHO Racing with MORIWAKI Flag of Japan.svg Tatsuya Yamaguchi
Flag of Thailand.svg Ratthapark Wilairot
Honda CBR1000RR 14th

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Preceded by
Hiroshi Aoyama (250cc)
Moto2 Motorcycle World Champion
2010
Succeeded by
Stefan Bradl
Preceded by
Cameron Beaubier
MotoAmerica Superbike champion
2017
Succeeded by
Cameron Beaubier