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Toseland seeking luck and speed.

James Toseland is seeking luck and speed as he heads to round two of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship, in Japan this weekend.

The 27-year-old Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was pushed into the gravel trap at the opening round in Qatar and finished out of the points in 16th place.

Such bad luck happens to all riders at some point, but Toseland also has speed concerns - having qualified 13th and ranked only eleventh in terms of fastest race lap - which he believes can only be solved by time on the bike.

Toseland lost out on valuable winter testing after two massive accidents.

“Qatar was a difficult weekend to say the least and I know we have got a long way to catch up,” admitted Toseland. “I didn't have a lot of luck out there especially when Toni Elias touched me into the gravel.

“I just need some time on the bike and a bit of luck to go my way. My guys have put in a lot of effort and I'm confident I can get a good result in Japan for the team,” he added.

The three other Yamahas finished second (Valentino Rossi), third (Jorge Lorenzo) and fourth (Colin Edwards) at Qatar.

Toseland finished eleventh at Motegi last year.

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Frankie - Unregistered

April 21, 2009 11:26 AM

The pressure is on, he arguably has the best bike in the paddock, his team mate is doing much better than him, and his confidence is in the toilet following a series of nasty crashes. Bad luck? No, not learning from mistakes. How many times has he pushed too hard too soon on cold tyres, only to bin it, big time? He knows Spies is waiting in the wings ... with the rule changes about starting in a satellite team, it is inevitable he will end up in Tech3 next season - question is, whose seat will he take? Toseland's response is just to push harder and it will all end in tears. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for a Brit who can be a genuine contender - JT isn't it.

JT2 - Unregistered

April 20, 2009 4:19 PM

Can I ask why everyone on the 'bash james till he bleeds forum' why they all think Ben Spies will come into motogp and whip everyones ass. Heres the simple question I want to ask - What has Ben got that james doesnt? I just get the feeling if roles were reversed and spies was crap in GP everyone would be screaming for the 2 times WSBK champ. There are no Guarntees he is any better. (Before you all jump down my neck dont be fooled by my name on crash site forums - JT is not my No. 1 but I get really fed up with all the spies stuff on Toselands sites. He gave what I thought was a decent interview on BBC saying how his form is down - he knows his job is in the balance etc.)

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