Italtrans, who will field current rider Nakagaami and Julian Simon in 2013, decided enough was enough for Claudio Corti and have replaced him with Toni Elias from Japan until the end of the season. Corti is currently 10th in the standings on the Kalex after his 9th place at Aragon and had a seasons best result when he was second in in Le Mans.
Elias, who won the inaugural Moto2 championship for Gresini using a Moriwak,i has been testing for the team privately today (5th oct) as his previous Moto2 experience since returning from a stint in MotoGP with LCR has all been on a Suter, which he never seemed to be comfortable with. He also rode a Ducati this year when after leaving a seemingly good ride with the Aspar team he went on to stand in for Hector Barbera when injured.
Initially funding was blamed as with the Pasini/Rolfo change, but an interview for sportmediaset.it seems to indicate otherwise. Corti told them:
“I received a letter but it doesn’t explain why, however the team told the media that the reason was due to my behavior off the track. For now, I can not say anything more but I’m going to see what my lawyer says. I’ve other alternatives to finish the season with another team, but at the moment I’m currently under contract with Italtrans, so I can’t say much more, but I have met my financial obligations.”
Corti has since gone on to secure a seat with Kawasaki Pedercini this weekend in the World Superbike round at Magny-Cours leaving the also ousted David Salom rideless. For more information on that see here:
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