MotoGP – Intense German GP Opening Day For Elias And His Crew

July 16, 2011

Formula 1

The German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring this week end marks the halfway point in the 18-round MotoGP World Championship and premier class riders joined the 3.671km track for a first “animated” day of practices which saw several riders crashing in free practice 1.

LCR Honda MotoGP racer Toni Elias won last year’s race at the Sachsenring but this morning only completed a total of seven laps after crashing twice, first in turn 11 and then in turn 1. Luckily the Spaniard escaped unhurt to line up in the afternoon practices proceeding his work to fine tune his RCV at the twisty German surface.

Elias – 16th – 1’24.304: “First I feel very lucky because I am in a good shape after this morning crashes. Both accidents have been heavy as I was lapping at over 200km/h but I have only suffered a small abrasion in the right arm. I love this track but I am starting to hate that turn (11) because I crashed many times there in the past. Anyway in the afternoon we could continue with our planning but I had some little issues about the front feeling and the rear edge grip. It’s important to improve the turning of the bike following the twisty nature of this track and this is our main target for tomorrow”.

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