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GP Week : Issue 69
Riding for their lives THE advantage swung back to Toni Elias at Sepang, in the other great MotoGP battle of the team-mates. While Rossi and Lorenzo have been battling each other out of the same pit for the title, Elias and San Carlo Honda team-mate Alex de Angelis are in dispute about something much more important. Their racing lives. Both are being replaced next year when Melandri and Simoncelli join the top Honda satellite squad. Now they are competing for potentially the last seat in MotoGP next year, with the Scot Honda team. De Angelis seemed to have the upper hand with more points score, but second at Indy and a strong fourth in Australia were undermined by his headlong first- corners crash at Misano. Elias was gaining strength as he at last got a chassis he liked, hitting the rostrum at Brno and closing the gap. De Angelis had another card: potential financial backing from his San Marino government. But at Sepang it seemed the republic had lost enthusiasm; and while Elias was seventh de Angelis had a downbeat race to 12th. Elias has a fall-back position ... a ride in Moto2 with the Sito Pons team; but his options are open. De Angelis is open to offers. They left Sepang on 105 points apiece. And everything to ride for. Moto GP malaysia >> 39