Moto2 Champion Toni Elias made his MotoGP return today at the first official test in Sepang, Malaysia, testing the new RC212V for his new team LCR Honda, replacing outgoing Randy De Puniet after a year out in the premier class’ feeder series.

Elias used the first day back to get used to the more powerful machine and completed 64 laps across the whole day, with his fastest on lap 41 only gaining him 17th place.

After the session, Toni was generally pleased with the days running. “Now I feel more comfortable compared with the first run out in Valencia. We still have a lot of things to improve but actually my position on the bike is good and I could lap with more stability.”

He continued, “I lapped 30 runs on hard tyre and further 30 laps on softer compound with small improvements lap by lap. We knew that the adaption period to this new bike takes some time but we are positive and we are working hard to find the right chassis regulations to improve the pace”.