Rider: Toni Elias
Team: San Carlo Honda Gresini
Machine: Honda RC212V (#24)
Born: March 26, 1983 in Manresa, Spain
Elias emerged as a force to be reconed with in the 250 class during the 2002 season. The Spanish rider performed well throughout the campaign, even winning at Motegi and finishing fourth in the standings behind 3 of the best riders in the paddock.
Moving into the MotoGP class, Elias was 12th for the Fortuna Yamaha in his rookie 2005 campaign. the Spaniard improved to 9th overall with the Fortuna Honda team in 2006, and was the most improbable race victor of ’06 when he rode like a madman to the checkers at Estoril – his first-ever MotoGP podium.
For 2007, Elias returned alongside teammate Marco Melandri on the Hannspree Honda team, where just as soon as you’d forget about him the Spaniard come out of nowhere for a surprise podium. The 2008 season saw Elias riding a Ducati for the satellite Alice squad.
After one season on the Ducati, Elias returned to San Carlo Honda Gresini with mixed results and a seventh-place finish in the championship standings. As for 2010, the Spaniard is hoping to challenge the new Moto2 MotoGP series with Gresini, but only time will tell.
2009 – 7th MotoGP (Honda)
2008 – 12th MotoGP (Ducati)
2007 – 12th MotoGP (Honda)
2006 – 9th MotoGP (Honda)
2005 – 12th MotoGP (Yamaha)
2004 – 4th 250 MotoGP (Honda)
2003 – 3rd 250 MotoGP (Aprilia)
2002 – 4th 250 MotoGP (Aprilia)
2001 – 3rd 125 MotoGP (Honda)
2000 – 20th 125 MotoGP (Honda)
1999 – 33rd 125 MotoGP (Honda)