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Toseland excluded from Laguna Seca.

James Toseland had a day to forget at Laguna Seca on Sunday, being black flagged on lap 11 after failing to serve a ride-through penalty for jumping the start.

Whilst taking responsibility for not spotting the penalty signals, Toseland - who only gained one place from his 15th on the grid during the opening lap - felt the decision itself was 'pretty harsh'.

“I feel like the jump start was pretty harsh. I knew it was close but I didn't think I'd jumped the start and that early in a 32-lap race I'm not looking at my pitboard,” he explained. “I was just concentrating on catching the guy in front and the first thing I realised that I'd been penalised was when I saw the black flag and my number.

“Obviously if I'd known I'd jumped the start then I would have come in but I've watched the TV replay and you can't see anything. I didn't gain any places either so in my opinion it's pretty harsh. It's a setback but I've just got to get on with it and bounce back in Germany.”

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team manager Herve Poncharal believes Toseland learnt a lesson.

“It was a marginal jump start but that's the rule, it is the same for everybody,” said the Frenchman. “Unfortunately he didn't see the signal to ride through the pits, so he learned a lesson today.”

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JTNOOOOOOOOO - Unregistered

July 06, 2009 3:06 PM

this is the stupidest excuse EVER!!!! a rider doesn't look at his pit Bord for ten laps??? is this his first time racing??? did he have something better to do on the main straight??? Looser please free the bike for Someone worthy.

Keep the Faith - Unregistered

July 06, 2009 2:49 PM

The only bozo's are the people with nothing better to do than post stupid and nasty comments! James has admitted his own error in not looking at his pitboard. He is certainly not arragant. Good luck at Sachsenring JT!! I for one hope you stay in MotoGP next year and prove the critics wrong!

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