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Toseland completes test despite huge crash.

James Toseland may have avoided broken bones during a huge 200km/h highside - the biggest accident of his career - on Thursday at Sepang, but a hard bang on the head and heavy bruising meant the Briton could accomplish little during the following two days.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider was making his debut on the 2009 YZR-M1 at the Malaysian test, but went 'too fast too soon' during his first ever run on the hardest compound Bridgestone tyre - with painful consequences.

“It's just my head,” a sick looking Toseland told Crash.net before leaving Sepang on Saturday evening. “I landed on my head and concentration has been an issue ever since. I'm banged up, but I was so lucky not to come away with a broken bone.

“It happened when I went out on the harder compound tyre for the first time - last time at Jerez [in November] Bridgestone had brought the soft and medium compounds - and it was just my inexperience. I didn't get the left hand side of the tyre up to temperature so when I got to the first left hander, on my first flying lap, it just chucked me off.

“It was 200km/h. I was just lucky not to be more badly hurt, but I think it knocked me out as I can't remember the ambulance ride back to the pits. I can't remember a lot of what happened to be honest, which is a bit strange. I'll go home and get checked out because I just couldn't focus after that.”

Toseland's hopes of a fast lap time were eliminated by the accident, but that didn't stop the determined Briton getting back on track before the day had finished.

“I got back out for the last 45 minutes on the same day, because with a big crash like that it's important just to get back out there and get riding again,” he explained. “It was the biggest crash I've ever had.”

The double World Superbike champion was ranked 14th, 19th and finally 16th over the three days, and reduced his lap time from 2min 4.502sec to 2min 3.953sec, but was the first to admit that little was achieved.

“I couldn't accomplish much at all,” said the Englishman, who recorded 36 laps on both Friday and Saturday. “Obviously the new bike is working great because Valentino [2nd], Colin [4th] and Jorge [7th] are doing a good job on it and I've got the same package.



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ToneDef - Unregistered

February 07, 2009 4:53 PM

I was looking at the test times over the past couple of days and was wondering why JT was at the bottom of the time sheets and have just now read that he was lying in a field for the first test session !!! Fair play to the man for getting up and having another go after that even if he didn't know where he was ! Sure things will get better James,just take it bloody easy and dont go too fast too soon. Just a change of subject,crash net please sort this new website out because it's totally ****e compared to the old one.It wont load up properly or sometimes not at all.Why change in the first place,if it aint broke dont fix it.It is broke now though so better fix it :-)

The Morgue

February 07, 2009 3:31 PM

Tough going for James, sounds like a concussion (apart from the bruising). I think a lot of posters here are to hard on him, with that crash at the start he probably smashed his chances of recovering over the three days while the rest were gradually improving. Look at that bike! Get well soon James :rolleyes:



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