James Toseland will head into his second MotoGP season, at Qatar on April 12, with the unenviable record of having suffered two huge accidents from the three 2009 pre-season tests.
The Englishman, who has been fighting to regain speed and confidence after the 'biggest accident of his career' during the first day of 2009 testing at Sepang in February, suffered a fall of similar magnitude during Sunday's 'qualifying' session at Jerez.
The double World Superbike champion lost the rear of his M1 on the exit of the high-speed third turn, with 16 minutes remaining and while seeking to improve on 15th position on the timesheets.
Toseland was thrown high into the air when the rear-rubber eventually gripped, then took a hard hit to his upper body on the asphalt, before being sent tumbling roughly through the gravel and coming to rest with parts of his broken Monster Tech 3 Yamaha next to him (pictured).
After lying motionless, Toseland was placed carefully on a stretcher by marshals before being taken to the circuit medical centre and then to Cadiz hospital for further precautionary scans.
Those checks confirmed that the #52 had suffered a concussion, but had fortunately escaped more serious injury and, having been given the all-clear by doctors, Toseland returned to the Jerez paddock later on Sunday evening.
The 28-year-old will fly home to the UK on Monday to rest and recuperate ahead of the season's opening race under the Losail floodlights on April 12.
“I am obviously delighted that James is going to be fit for the first race after another big crash today,” said team manager Herve Poncharal. “It is a real pity for him because he was really looking like his old self this weekend after the crash in Sepang and making some big progress with the bike and the tyres. I'm sure he will be ready and determined to give 100 per cent again in Qatar.”
Toseland's team-mate Colin Edwards was tenth fastest.