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Rider: Antonio “Toni” Elias Justícia
Born: March 26, 1983 in Manresa, Spain
Team: Red Devils Roma
Machine: Aprilia RSV4 Factory (#24)
Toni Elias emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the 250 class during the 2002 season. The Spanish rider performed well throughout the campaign, winning at Motegi and finishing fourth in the standings behind three of the best riders in the paddock.
After transitioning to the MotoGP class in 2005, Elias claimed 12th with Fortuna Yamaha during his rookie season. The Spaniard improved to ninth overall with the Gresini Honda team in 2006, and earned the title of most improved rider after taking his first Grand Prix Victory at Estoril – in a thrilling race where Elias outdeuled non other than Valentino Rossi.
For 2007 Elias returned alongside teammate, Marco Melandri, on the Gresini Honda team, where he secured two podiums. The next year saw Elias riding a Ducati for the satellite Alice squad, and again the Spaniard rode to a top-15 finish.
After one season with Ducati, Elias returned to San Carlo Honda Gresini and wrapped up the 2009 season in seventh. Despite making only one podium appearance it was Elias’ best championship result in the premier class. In 2010 the Spaniard participated in the newly-formed Moto2 class with great success, taking a total of seven wins to clench the first ever Moto2 Championship.
For 2011 Elias will be returning to the premier class after striking a deal with LCR Honda.
2013 – 16th World Superbike – Aprilia
2013 – 18th Moto2 – Kalex
2012 – 17th Moto2 – Kalex
2012 – 24th MotoGP – Ducati
2011 – 15th MotoGP – Honda
2010 – 1st Moto2 – Moriwaki
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