Elias confident for race despite difficult qualifying and late crash
LCR Honda MotoGP rider Toni Elias crashed in the last part of today’s qualifying session at Le Mans circuit loosing the chance to improve his performance in readiness for the tomorrow’s 28-lap race. Cooler conditions marked the third free session this morning at the 4.815 Km race track making difficult for riders to the match their pace from yesterday afternoon.
The 60-minute qualifying session took place under cloudy skies but asphalt temperature rose up to 33 degrees and the Spaniard aboard the RCV but Elias made big changes to his Honda machinery lapping
with more confidence at the stop-and-go track where he already experienced the podium in smaller classes. At 10 minutes to go Elias lost the front on turn six but was able to rejoin the session unharmed.
Toni Elias – 17th: “I believe we have made a step forward on bike set up because my feeling was better than yesterday. I have lapped on used tyres for the most of the session this afternoon posting decent lap times and then I have moved to new rear tyre. Unfortunately in my last run I lost the front on turn 9 loosing the chance to improve my lap time and my spot on the grid. Honestly I believe we could have jumped few places and not being in the back of the grid this week end but the base set up we have got now is pretty good and I usually make good starts”.
Source: LCR Honda