Toni Elias will be back in Moto2 in 2013. The 2010 Moto2 champion signed a contract to race for the Blusens Avintia team next season, and will contest the championship on board a Kalex chassis.
The switch of chassis was a prerequisite for Elias to sign with a team: Elias left the Aspar squad following the Mugello round of Moto2, after Aspar was not able to persuade Kalex to supply them with an additional chassis. Since his return to Moto2 with the Italtrans team - currently racing with a Kalex chassis - the Spaniard's performance has drastically improved, with Elias fighting for a top five finish at Motegi before crashing out in the later laps.
The switch to the Kalex is the team's second chassis change in less than 12 months. The team started out the season on an FTR, but the team ditched the British-made chassis at the request of current rider Julian Simon. Avintia switched to the Suter chassis, the bike which Simon was already familiar with from his time with Aspar, but that change made no difference to Simon's results. By switching to a Kalex, Avintia hope that Elias will be competitive in 2013.
While it is clear that the Kalex has an advantage, given the machine's domination of Moto2, with the exception of Marc Marquez, a monoculture threatens in Moto2. Fortunately for the series, Kalex Engineering restricts the number of chassis it supplies to only the number of bikes and teams they can properly support. This leaves opportunities for teams to extract better support packages from FTR and Suter, in the hope of finding a way of beating the Germans. On the face of it, with Pol Espargaro and Scott Redding on the Kalex next year, that will be a tough task.