WSBK » BMW Italia won’t replace injured Toseland

The World Superbike grid will make do with just 20 participants at Donington Park as BMW Italia decide not to replace James Toseland.

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Ryan - Unregistered

March 23, 2011 12:29 PM

Doctors from 1st world countries misdiagnosing patients is unforgivable. I'm not having a go at Spain because this kind of thing happens in lots of counties and often with much more serious injuries or illness. I dread to think what will be in the papers this week.

Good luck to Ayrton and to James with the recovery.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

March 23, 2011 1:47 PM

There was not much time to organise a replacement for JT at Donnington and I understand the team wanting to focus on Badovini, but I would have thought they would have enough time to find one for Assen.

Perhaps fielding two bikes is not a priority for the sponsor - I presume the main sponsor is BMW - if so what about the official tester Steve Martin or Richard Cooper.

dosed - Unregistered

March 23, 2011 3:38 PM

“James does not want to be replaced,"
What a lame comment. Since when is a rider asked about this sort of thing?
And why would an injured rider care about it?
Unless he is worried the replacement might do better then him, and help the team get some more points and coverage for sponsors.


March 23, 2011 5:28 PM
Last Edited 1665 days ago

"Doctors from 1st world countries misdiagnosing patients is unforgivable"

Dude, Doctors are just people not miracle workers! Think of it like this, they are kinda like mechanics only working with soft tissue rather then hard parts. Don't be so harsh mate.


March 23, 2011 5:51 PM

@ dosed

This just proves how much respect the team and the riders have for each other !! and trying to stir up something that is just not there is lame... another hater in disguise maybe ??

dosed - Unregistered

March 23, 2011 6:03 PM

I can understand a team might want to focus on just one rider, instead of improvising for a second one, that's there only for a few races. It's still a little strange, but I can understand it.

But I really cant imagine the replaced rider's point of view, that thinks its better to keep his spot empty.
We all know the pros, for having a replacement. But what are the cons, from the replaced rider's point of view?
Really, can you imagine any except being worried the replacement might do better?


March 23, 2011 6:27 PM

The replacement might actually do worse. Remember when Xaus crashed a bike in every session - test and race? It's one thing for the official rider to do that but a replacement rider that's just there for a single weekend? It could also be that the funding for the replacement would come out of Toseland's compensation - i.e. since the replacement is on track that weekend then they get paid and Toseland's annual pay is docked by a percentage or the full amount paid to the replacement, depending on the wording of the contract. With the financial situation of many teams it's not hard to imagine that wording in a contract. Toseland likely has insight into team politics and finances that would let him know this. Not saying that he's not worried that the replacement might do better than he did, but there are other possibilities. If it was important enough that the team allowed him a say in the decision then something else is likely going on.

rumblefish - Unregistered

March 23, 2011 6:33 PM

carbon fibre aint cheap so maybe the cost of a big off or two might have something to do with the decision not to run another fresh rider with everything to gain and nothing to loose.

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