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Toni Elias signs with LCR Honda MotoGP Team

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The LCR Honda MotoGP Team has confirmed the signing of Moto2 World Champion Toni Elias as it's rider for the 2011 MotoGP Championship.

The LCR Honda Team will take part in their 6th season in the MotoGP class thanks to the support of the Japanese Constructor which has renewed its contract with the Team Manager Lucio Cecchinello.

"First of all I want to thank Randy for his precious cooperation and for the several successes we have shared in the 250cc class and in the MotoGP class in the last five years together," Cecchinello said.

"The chance to work with Toni Elias is a big incentive for us because this is a very important moment for presenting to our sponsors and partners a new project. The nice thing is that Toni and I raced together in the 125cc class; I was at the end of my career and he was at the beginning. I remember he was a very very hard rider and very resolute. As time goes by he has improved very much and I think he is a very talented rider with a lot of experience. All the staff and I give him our warmest welcome!"

Elias said, "I am thrilled to be back in MotoGP and I am happy to race with the LCR Team. I want to thank Lucio and Honda for their trust and I am anxious to return. I have known Lucio for a long time as we raced together in the 125cc class from 1999 to 2001; although his Team is not an official one it is very professional and well organized. Being their only rider is a further warranty for me".

Current team rider Randy de Puniet is expected to be confirmed at Pramac racing Ducati later in the week as Loris Capirossi's new team-mate.

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