Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
YRC News
Toni Elias to miss the Mugello GP

Barcelona, Spain
18/5/2005

A press conference took place this afternoon, May 18, at the 'Institut
Universitari Dexeus de Barcelona', where Fortuna Yamaha rider Toni Elas
underwent an operation yesterday to repair damage to his left wrist and left
leg. The Spanish rider crashed just five minutes from the close of testing at Le
Mans on Monday. Elias, who had been on top form over the three days of the
French Grand Prix last weekend, crashed at the chicane of the legendary circuit
during the test. Elas fractured the radius and scaphoid of his left wrist and
ruptured the ligaments that link the triquetral bone and the radius. The young
Spaniard also fractured the outside of his left fibula. Doctor Xavier Mir
informed the media representatives present of the extent of the injury.

Xavier Mir, Doctor (Insitut Universitari Dexeus de Barcelona)

"Toni's operation was a case of fitting a titanium plate to his radius with a
screw in his scaphoid, and the stitching of the ligaments that join the
triquetral bone and the radius. The recuperation period for a normal person is
around eight weeks, although taking into account Toni's incredible capacity for
recovery, I wouldn't rule out his return at the Grand Prix of Catalunya."

Toni Elas (Fortuna Yamaha Team)

"We stayed on for an extra day of tests at Le Mans. Up to then things had been
going really well - I was lapping in the 1'34s, about a second faster than I had
done in the race and only three-hundredths off Valentino's time. It was a shame
but that's racing. In any case I'm in good spirits and I'm already looking
forward to getting back on the bike. I would like to thank my whole team in
general for their constant support, my sponsors and particularly Doctor Xavier
Mir."

Herv Poncharal, Fortuna Yamaha Team Director

"I'm really sad about Toni Elas' injury. Toni is demonstrating the massive
potential he has and he had shown that once again on Sunday in the race. On
Monday he was having a magnificent session when, unfortunately, he crashed. I
wish him a speedy recovery and I hope that he can be back with us again soon. I
would like to give my own special thanks to Dr. Mir and all his team for
everything they have done."
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