Former Moto2 World Champion and MotoGP veteran Toni Elias apparently has found a new home in World Superbike, as he wants to stay in the production-based series after contesting the last four rounds of the 2013 season.
Elias was once a front-runner in MotoGP--he beat Rossi--and dominated Moto2 when the class debuted. His return to MotoGP with LCR Honda was a disaster though and he left Moto2 in controversy.
Then Elias raced for Red Devils Aprilia from Istanbul through Jerez, replacing Michel Fabrizio. Spaniard Elias earned a top result of fourth in the last race of the season at Jerez.
The strong finish to the season was a welcome change for Elias, who left the Blusens Avintia team in Moto2 after the Silverstone round in early September. His best Moto2 finish this season was ninth at Jerez.
"I landed to World Superbike at the last minute, it was a very quick move, so I didn't know what to expect," Elias said. "I found myself at ease from the first time, with both team and bike. I enjoyed it a lot, and I also managed to find myself again as rider, also thanks to the friendly atmosphere of the paddock.
"I want to stay in World Superbike. At the moment my managers are trying to find the best solution for me. It's still early, but it'd be great to be riding an Aprilia and why not, with Red Devils? We'll see. I would like to thank the team and Aprilia for this opportunity that helped me getting out of a difficult time."