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Toseland angry at ride through

James Toseland had to bite his tongue after being given his second jump start penalty of the 2009 MotoGP season at Phillip Island on Sunday.

Unlike at Laguna Seca, where Toseland failed to spot that he had been handed a ride-through and was subsequently disqualified, the Englishman served his penalty in Australia.

However, hand gestures and head shaking as he rode past the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team indicated his objection to the decision and a subsequent review of the TV footage by the #52 only reinforced the view that he did nothing wrong.

“I'm really struggling to describe how I feel right now. All I can say is I feel the jump start decision was incredibly harsh and I am extremely disappointed. I have looked at the start on TV and I can't see I've done anything wrong,” said Toseland, who started twelfth on the grid and only finished the first lap in eleventh, despite a clash between Jorge Lorenzo and Nicky Hayden.

“It is hard for me to take but I've got to try and put it behind me as soon as possible and aim for a strong result in Sepang next weekend. I was confident of a strong race today and I was latched onto the back of the group fighting for fifth. I felt my pace was strong enough to have put up a strong fight for a positive result, but the ride-through ended all that,” added the Englishman, who finished in 14th.

Team manager Herve Poncharal admitted the jump start had been a 'marginal' decision.

“With James, I understand his frustration,” said the Frenchman. “I went with him to Race Direction to look at the start and honestly speaking, it was a very marginal decision. We have to respect the decision of Race Direction and I am convinced that James will bounce back strongly in Malaysia next weekend.”

Sepang was the scene of a huge testing accident for Toseland, which heavily restricted his pre-season preparations.

Toseland now has just two more rides in MotoGP before switching back to World Superbikes for 2010.

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bazzab - Unregistered

October 19, 2009 12:08 PM

I'm getting really sick of the usual comments from british motorcycle fans building riders up just to knock them down again. come on people, we do it in all sports, and to be honest it really gets tedious. we all know that it is going to be an impossible dream for us to think that a brit will gain success in the premier class (maybe Bradders being the exception)but JT is the best we've got, and have had in the mordern era. which brit has had as many top six finishes ? if you disagree name me another.

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