Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal predicts that James Toseland will get the podium he desires by the end of the season, after watching him revive some of his best form at Misano.
Toseland's season has taken a downward turn since his last notable result of sixth place back in Spain, but he showed off his ability again by running comfortably amongst the leaders in the early stages at Misano. He was then able to resist Loris Capirossi and Andrea Dovizioso over the final few laps to claim ten hard-earned points.
An eventful race for the Brit, Toseland was delighted to be back dicing towards the front of the field again, as he bids to put a disappointing run of form behind him.
“I got a decent start off the line and held my grid position in ninth, so I wasn't too disappointed and got into the groove quite quickly.
“Coming from where I'd been in the last few races and to produce a ride like that was brilliant. That is what I'm here for and I really enjoyed it. I was about ten feet wide on those last few laps and probably the widest Yamaha in history.
“I knew Loris and Dovizioso were behind me in those last few laps and they wanted my place in front of their home fans. Loris passed me on the penultimate lap but I'd blocked the line so he had to go really deep and he just went slightly wide and he left half a door open and I moved back through. I didn't touch him so it was all fair and square. On the last lap I blocked into the last two corners and I knew I'd got sixth with it being a short drag to the line so it was a great feeling.
Toseland also took the time to praise Michelin, who have come in for considerable criticism in recent races, not least from Toseland. Pointing out what can be achieved by liaising closely together, Toseland said the race represented a small breakthrough.
“Michelin has had a lot of stick recently but they have knuckled down and so have I. We have kept working hard and today we showed what we can achieve together with Tech 3 and Yamaha.”
Toseland's performance was also praised by Poncharal, who has now tipped the World Superbike champion to come good in the final few races of the season and climb onto the MotoGP rostrum for the first time.
“It was a fantastic race from James and I am really pleased to see him back up there fighting as we know he can do. When he suffers the whole team suffers and it is not been an easy period for him, but he has never let his head drop and he always kept his motivation and given Tech 3, Yamaha and Michelin 100 per cent.
“This result will give him a big boost for the remainder of the season, and maybe a podium is not impossible before the end. He came under a lot of pressure but he kept concentrated and showed the James we saw at the start of the season.”