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Top ten MotoGP riders: James Toseland [7]. recently asked for your MotoGP star of 2008, from a shortlist of ten riders provided, and - with voting having now closed - the time has come to reveal the results.

During the next ten weekdays, we will be revealing the voting results in reverse order, with the winner being revealed on Wednesday December 3.

More than 54,000 votes were cast for the MotoGP poll. The average score given for each rider was used to produce the final ranking.

MotoGP Star of the Year – seventh place:

Name: James Toseland
Team: Tech 3 Yamaha
Bike: Yamaha YZR-M1
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest laps: 0
Championship points: 105
Championship position: 11th

Of the four 2008 MotoGP rookies, James Toseland was the only one not to have raced in 125 or 250GP, but the reigning double World Superbike champion made an instant impact by qualifying a (valve-spring) Tech 3 Yamaha second on the grid for his MotoGP debut at Qatar.

Toseland finished the race in sixth, a position he repeated five further times in 2008, with his highlight of the year a thrilling ride at the Australian Grand Prix, when he became one of the few riders to fight back and re-pass Valentino Rossi this season.

The low point of Toseland's season was surely a turn one accident at his home British GP, an event that marked the start of a difficult run of races, but overall you felt the #52 did a better job than team-mate Colin Edwards, double 2008 podium finisher Toni Elias and fellow rookie Alex de Angelis - all of whom were ranked lower than Toseland on the shortlist.

Toseland's 105 points from 18 races means an average of 5.8 points per race. That compares as follows with fellow World Superbike champions Troy Bayliss, Colin Edwards and Neil Hodgson during their first MotoGP season (when there were only 16 races): Bayliss 8 points per race average (2003), Edwards 3.9 points per race average (2003) and Hodgson 2.4 points per race average (2004). Nicky Hayden, who arrived in MotoGP as the AMA Superbike champion, scored 8.1 points per race average in 2003.

7th - James Toseland
8th - Colin Edwards
9th - Toni Elias
10th - Alex de Angelis

Tomorrow: We reach number six in the MotoGP Star of the Year poll.

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pini pong - Unregistered

November 25, 2008 3:30 PM

i think this is bull...... he shouldn't even be in the top ten. he was on the best bike out there. in the first rounds when his rubber was working i expected much much more from him. indeed he is hungry maybe Little too hungry and aggressive for the MotoGP finesse. i wish him all the luck next year but i doubt it he will beat his team mate. Good Luck JT prove me wrong.

brandsbarmyarmy - Unregistered

November 25, 2008 8:49 PM

It:s hard to judge JT because there were no other rookies from outside of 125 and 250 like him. It's a big disadvanteg not to know the tracks. I'd say he did ok for most of the year, was crap at a few rounds and looked brilliant on a couple of occasions (his second on grid at qatar, battling with lorenzo etc at qatar race and then his phillip island effort). Not much to shout about but that's a few brilliant moments more than most outside of the top 7 had. I see what you:re saying uncle vito, but if you're just going to rate a rider by their championship position then there's no point in having a vote.

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