More Moto2 Rider Shake Ups: Aspar And Toni Elias Part Ways

The rider lineup in Moto2 continues to be fluid. Immediately after the Mugello Moto2 race, the Mapfre Aspar team issued a press release, announcing that Toni Elias would be leaving the team with immediate effect. The parting was agreed by mutual consent, the Aspar team disappointed with the results they have achieved with the 2010 Moto2 World Champion, while Elias has struggled to get to grips with the Suter chassis since he returned to Moto2 at the start of the year. A switch of chassis was not an option, so Elias and the team decided to separate.

There is as yet no official announcement of a replacement, though it is expected to be Jordi Torres, who raced for Aspar last year several times. As for Elias, it is uncertain where the Spaniard will land, though given the current rider churn in Moto2, it seems certain that space will open up somewhere soon. 

Elias' split from Aspar comes hot on the heels of a number of other replacements. Mike di Meglio was forced to depart the Speed Master team over financial difficulties, and was replaced by Alessandro Andreozzi. Di Meglio was soon shipped in to replace Alex Lundh at MZ, a replacement which prompted an exchange of press releases from both parties blaming each other. More changes are likely, given both the dire financial situation of some teams and the disappointing results from a number of riders. It could be a rather hectic summer break for the Moto2 class.

Below is the press release from Aspar announcing the break:


Two parties arrive at an agreement to rescind contract. Spanish rider will look for alternative rides for the the rest of the 2012 season.

The MAPFRE Aspar Team, the most successful team in the lower and intermediate classes, joined forces with 2010 Moto2 World Champion Toni Elías with the expectation of challenging for the 2012 title.

Following nine Grands Prix, the MAPFRE Aspar Team and Toni Elías have come to a mutual decision to terminate their professional association. The union between the two parties has not lived up to initial expectations and the Spaniard is now free to look for alternative teams with which to contest the rest of the campaign.

At the conclusion of the Italian round of the Moto2 series comes a summer break, in which the MAPFRE Aspar Team will have sufficient time to look for a replacement rider to accompany Nico Terol in their intermediate class project. The team thank Toni Elías for his collaboration in the first half of this season and wish him well in his future endeavours.

Jorge Martínez 'Aspar': "We got behind Toni Elías right from the start of the 2012 preseason. Ever since his previous stint in the team, back in the 250cc class, he has shown that he is a fast rider. In 2010 he won the Moto2 title. The aim of the MAPFRE Aspar Team is always to be the top team in the intermediate class and a clear contender for the World Championship. This year we had put great faith in Toni's ability to bring us the title, but in the end things didn't turn out as we had expected. We have both decided to part ways; we feel that this decision is best for both Toni and for the MAPFRE Aspar Team."

Toni Elías: "I am sorry not to have been able to continue with the MAPFRE Aspar Team. The team have given their all in preseason and in the season itself. We have always looked for solutions together to try and go fast with the Suter, but in the end we weren't able to find a way. The atmosphere in the garage and the relationship between the team and I has always been excellent, the mechanics have given their all to try and find solutions and Jorge has believed completely in me, but things haven't turned out as we had hoped. We've decided to terminate our collaboration; we are still at the midway point of the season and there is time for both of us to improve results separately."

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Didn't see this coming.

IMO, there are two guys whose full potential in MotoGP has not been realized: Melandri (who is doing quite well in the very competitive World Superbike series) and Elias. Was very surprised when Elias' latest tenure in MotoGP turned out so badly, and was so short.

Hope to see Elias land ... somewhere.

Poor Toni.

I saw an interview with him at the end of 2011; the only way to describe him was despondent - who wouldn't be, though, after two despairingly hopeless attempts in the MotoGP class? He was so impressive in 2010...and now he just can't seem to get anything right. Was he just a one-season wonder? Or has Lady Luck simply looked the other way over the last while?

Nonetheless, he has the most breathtaking riding style that I have ever seen. At least no one can take that away from him.

You won't be a $B very long then. It has been said the fastest way to make a million in racing or aviation is to start with two! Your sentiments are worthwhile though.

Poor Tony, one of the most fast rider in all classes and symple because the luck of a good sponsor can't get one of the top bike in MotoGP.

Probably him is not the best tester to make the best bike, or may be him can't communicate in a clear way to explain his mechanics what him need exactly on the bike to set up it to be very competitive, but one thing is very clear, him go fast on any bike, have a lot of courage and talent to ride, is one of the best in corners entry and very fast on it.

Every body remember when him in the premier class beat Valentino at that race
when Valentino pass him at the entry of the last corner y Tony whent and past Rossi on the line. Or other times in the 125 and 250 classes when Tony fight till the last corner and no matter who was the opponent him will break late and win, showing a lot of talent and guts.

But as I said at the beggining, money matter and Tony is one of those ryders
that because didn't make much noise or some clown things to attract publicity him didn't have a big sponsor to be attached to a top team.

Good luck Toni, me and a lot of funs will be waiting to see you very soon on a competitive bike doing the show that you use to give as so we all can have the plesure of enjoy motorcycling at the highest level.

Elias was also one of the few riders that made the Ducati work for him. He did get two podiums in 2008 on the Pramac Ducati, apprently before the "go fast parts" that he was using disappeared because he signed for Honda.
Elias main problem is his unique style. He couldn't make the Bridgestones work for him (since the new single tyre rule) and I assume the same thing is happening with the Suter. Hope to see him in another chassis that works for him soon. Would love yo see him battle the likes of Marquez, Pol, Luthi and Iannone. He did get some tyre marks from Pol this year, so it should be entertaining.

he's going to Gresini... with a Suter, again.