MotoGP » 'That's when I realised my Yamaha career was ending'

Double World Superbike Champion James Toseland has revealed to that not being considered by Yamaha for a MotoGP return following Valentino Rossi's accident at Mugello last year was the beginning of the end of his time with the Japanese manufacturer

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reality called - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 11:35 AM

Ya, Yamaha would want to rush back to somebody who has already shown their inability on the MotoGP bike, plus was preforming poorly on the WSBK.

They should have also tried Reuben Xaus - sure to be the front runner.


January 21, 2011 11:39 AM
Last Edited 1769 days ago

I don't think JT going back to Tech3 was ever really a possibiity. No matter what anyone's take on the whole 'Crewchiefgate' saga is, the internal feuding destabilized the team, polarized different camps in the garage and left a very bad feeling between Edwards and Reynders (who got shunted down to Moto2 last year). You just don't need that in a team. Some might say it was Poncharal's fault that he allowed it to happen in the first place, but in a fairly recent interview, Herve was non-too kind when referring to JT. (And Edwards also recently referred to JT as a 'back-stabber'.) These things can have a long political fallout unfortunately and I think JT perhaps realizes that now.

AndyM - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 11:53 AM

To be fair.. I like Toseland but he's contradicting himself a bit. He says part of his underperformance was due to the damage to his hand from Phillip Island. Well if that's the case then Yamaha aren't likely to put him in control of a bike that puts a lot more stress and strain on your hands and upper body are they.

James, step away from the media circus and just concentrate on riding that amazing looking BMW.

tardozzi - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 11:54 AM

im all for an interview ,gossip,insight, etc etc and an argument on here,but i just hope jt would keep it shut this year,and get his game together without too much pr stuff getting in his way,and digging holes for himself,and creating extra pressure for himself good race results speak louder than words

Jules W.

January 21, 2011 11:57 AM

Poncharal is a *****, and Colin wasn't too nice about Yamaha when it seemed likely that he was moving to Ducati in WSBK. (he never had the good stuff, not even when he was a factory rider, he stated)
Then Ducati withdrew it's WSBK efforts, and suddenly Colin was all nice and feely and touchy with Yamaha again. It's all politics, and I am sure James knows how to ride a bike, he's just a not so good politician and yes, that will trickle down to on track performances.

evel ken evil - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 12:04 PM


what planet are you on ?

JT had his chance and he wasnt good enough ...

im not a spies fan but he had his chance and made the most of it and impressed the right people

now crutchlow will get his chance ..and personally i think hes gonna eff it up cos he thinks hes jesus on a motorbike

i think well have to wait for the real deal ...scott reading!

johnboy - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 12:04 PM

go for it jt we all know how good u are put yamaha behind u start again let poncheral and edwards say what they want maybe they should get married as edwards seems to get what he wants from doing nowt and poncharel hes french what do u expect they dont even like the british cals only there because yamaha said so and anybody slateing jt get agrip twice wsbk champ

paul - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 12:21 PM

Couldn't agree more with AndyM and Tardozzi. I can't help that feel with every pr event / interview JT is doing atm is just heaping more pressure on himself, no-one is looking for reasons or excuses now - that's in the past. He just needs to do the basics with the press and concentrate on riding - results WILL come and he WILL get some JT haters back on side. No-one can question that he is a fantastic rider (2 world champs spring to mind), but he needs to get his head in the right place !.

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