A Conversation With ... Toni Elias, Julian Simon, Scott Redding
MODERATOR: Our podium finishers, then, in the Moto2 race here for the Red Bull Indy Grand Prix. Seeing as the MotoGP race is about to start, we'll start with Scott Redding, first of all, who looks like he's been in a fight rather than a race.
We'll start with you, Scott, in third place today. Toni Elias will join us shortly. Congratulations, Scott. We can see just by how difficult it was out there. What does it mean for you to get your first podium in Moto2?
SCOTT REDDING: I wouldn't get in this if I didn't really want it, you know. We've been on it all weekend. We were at the top of the time sheet for the first two free practices, felt really good in qualifying, real good in warm-up. We were doing consistent laps with 10-lap-old tires. You know, it was all going good this weekend. We had a nice, soft, gentle mentality against it, you know. And we did the best we could. I did 110 percent, as you can see. Yeah, toward the end of the race, it was really tough. I was struggling to get past the humidity. First corner, you know, you sit up and the helmet just stops in your face, and heat off the engine also don't help the situation, but we were just pushing strong as I could, you know. It was the best effort I've ever put in to get on a podium, you know. Yeah, it was really good. We had a bit of trouble with the rear tire towards the end of the race. But, you know, I guess Simon and Elias were also feeling the heat out there. Elias not well at all, you know, and he did a great job out there today. Admired Julian for pushing on, you know; he was there. I was there and I just, I couldn't stay and did the best I could. Yeah, that's all I can really say.
MODERATOR: Congratulations, Scott. Well done on that podium, first in Moto2.
Julian Simon in second place today. Julian, you started from the pole position, but just today Toni had it. Was there any chance you thought you could beat Toni in the latter stages?
JULIAN SIMON: Yeah, I tried to pass him in the last part of the race, but he was a little bit more better than me and could not take exactly for pass to him. So I'm happy for my effort of this weekend. No lucky as last year, I don't like, but I make a very good weekend. So I'm happy for this, also for my feeling now on my bike. And, of course, I win some race finally of decision.
MODERATOR: Congratulations, Julian. Well done on second place today.
Our race winner, Toni Elias. Congratulations, Toni. We know you've had a fever; we know you've not been in great shape this weekend. Congratulations on the win. How hard was the race for you today?
TONI ELIAS: Well, sometimes this weekend I thought maybe was better to stay in the garage, but finally the last four or five minutes something was good to try it, to try to go in, and more or less I was more or less fast. But I save my little energy during all weekend. Yesterday I had a crash because I didn't control nothing. And all the days I was behind Simon, I save all the energy for the five laps, last five laps I try. He make me pass, I didn't pass him, I know. But when I was in front, I try to push a lot but I wasn't in a good condition to push. I didn't have energy, I did mistakes. I couldn't control them. Finally everything was good and finished the race in this position. Perfect, I can't ask for more. It's perfect.
Thank you to all my team, Moriwaki, also Clinica Mobile because also this weekend they help me a lot.
MODERATOR: Well done today, Toni, in the race for the effort. Do we have any questions for anyone? No. Well done to all three of you on the race today.