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Toseland wants to calm Edwards rift.

James Toseland wants an end to the 'playground' feud with team-mate Colin Edwards, which has literally divided the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team in two heading into the 2009 MotoGP season.

The pair of double World Superbike champions enjoyed an excellent relationship last year, but Edwards hasn't spoken to the Englishman since it was announced that his crew chief Garry Reynders was switching to Toseland's side of the garage for 2009.

A furious Edwards promptly teamed up with Toseland's former crew chief Guy Coulon, and has repeatedly expressed his delight at outpacing the #52 in winter testing.

Any hopes that Edwards might soften his stance were extinguished at last weekend's Jerez test, when it was revealed that the Tech 3 pits will be divided by a wall this season, as already happens (for competitive reasons) at Fiat Yamaha.

"It didn't have to happen like this and I can imagine why he feels the way he does," Toseland told BBC Sport. "We just need to sit in a room and talk about the situation, but he's got a wall in the garage like he wanted."

Toseland confirmed that 'communication problems' were the main reason for requesting a change of crew chief.

"I had a communication problem with [Coulon] and thought another year of that and I could find myself without a GP ride," he said. "I've no problem with his ability as an engineer - it was about communication.

"He didn't speak English that well and with my Yorkshire slang, I think that made things difficult too," said Toseland. "I needed someone experienced who understood me to help me get where I wanted and to punch my weight."

The 28-year-old revealed that he spoke to team manager Herve Poncharal about his concerns as early as round three and, when the situation failed to improve, Toseland says that Poncharal indicated a swap was possible.

Toseland doesn't regret the decision to swap crew chiefs, but feels Edwards should have been notified at a far earlier stage.

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Dray - Unregistered

April 02, 2009 7:41 PM

I guess Rossi Italian accent and Jeremy Burgess Australian accent works really well. What a load of $hit from this man. What he really wants is help from Colin on how to ride the bike using the BS tyres, but he can't ask since the relationship soured when he thought the grass would be greener on the other side. OMG ...he knew he wanted the man's engineer since last year round 3 and he could not go directly to Colin and ask him instead he was hatching his plans secretly with someone else. Colin did not even have a wall back then. What was stopping him, perhaps it was the devious thoughts and plans going through his mind. I say to James ...take it like a man and lie in your own bed. HAHAHAHA

wr86 - Unregistered

April 02, 2009 7:07 PM

He and Garry should have had this conversation with CE months ago! If they both went to him and appolgized, not for switching teams but in the way it was handled than I'm sure all would be forgiven by now. Does anyone think JT would be making these overtures if his preseason fortunes were going better??

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