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Tech 3 boss expects Toseland to keep pushing.

Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal believes that an 'upset' James Toseland will be pushing all-out to beat his best MotoGP result during his final four rides.

On Thursday it was confirmed that Toseland will be replaced by Ben Spies at Tech 3 Yamaha for 2010 - with the Englishman returning to World Superbike by taking the factory Yamaha seat vacated by Spies.

“I like James. We believed a lot, Yamaha and myself, in James' potential when we decided to take him to MotoGP,” began Poncharal. “We have to remember that in his first ever grand prix he qualified second on the grid and he had some good races - Australia last year and Assen this year for example - but altogether it was frustrating. For him and for us.

“But James is a good person. He has been very professional and very dedicated. I want to thank him for this. It is always difficult to lose someone that you enjoy a great relationship with, but MotoGP is the ultimate class in motorcycling and I think Ben coming was the priority.

“But I'm really pleased that James will stay with the Yamaha family and have, I think, the best bike in next year's World Superbike Championship. I wish him good luck.

“We still have another four races to go and I know he is very upset not to have done better than sixth, so he will be pushing to improve his best MotoGP race position before he leaves the MotoGP world.”

Toseland, who arrived in MotoGP with Tech 3 as a reigning double WSBK champion at the start of 2008, has taken a best finish of sixth no less than nine times during 31 grand prix races.



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skinny - Unregistered

October 02, 2009 11:28 AM

too little too late there JT. Maybe just the thought of losing your ride should have upset you enough to push like you should have been doing the past 2 years. Take a lesson from Elias and DeAngelis, when silly season starts, post results. Not AFTER you lose your seat. Good luck in WSBK mate.

Your Mum - Unregistered

October 02, 2009 6:55 PM

Gee guys there are some pretty hard hard folks to please on here I can see. There are very few riders who ever hit the ground running in MotoGP - Lorenzo and Stoner come to mind as finding their way during a fast and furious 1st year and refining their world on the 2nd. JT has not done that I'm sorry to see but he has the potential to return again in the future. Decent riders can get the call again and JT is one. 2 things to remember please - JT is still a young fella with a lot of good racing years to come. 2ndly from down here in New Zealand I can hardly say I've ever heard a word from him over the 2 years which is at odds with the flak he gets (to me) Now Fogarty - there was a mouthy tw@t



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