Toni Elias has great international racing experience. He won the 2010 Moto2 championship, and even won a MotoGP race back in 2006. Less than a month ago, he was drafted to substitute for the injured Jake Lewis on the Yoshimura Suzuki MotoAmerica Superbike team. Showing up at Round 1 last weekend at COTA, no one knew quite what to expect.
It turns out that, in this instance, world class talent coupled with almost zero preparation time led to success. Elias won both Superbike races at COTA, and has a 10 point lead in the championship heading into Round 2 at Road America next weekend. Elias wants to stay in the U.S. and keep racing, apparently, and his championship points lead might lead to a change of plans for Yoshimura Suzuki. Jake Lewis should return soon, but Yoshimura might just have to find an extra bike for the talented Elias.
Road America will be a different challenge for Elias, as he has no previous experience at that track. Elias had previously raced at COTA in the Moto2 class.
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