WSBK » Toseland forced to quit racing due to injury


James Toseland has endured a torrid 2011 campaign since injuring his wrist, prompting him to call time on a hugely successful motorcycling career

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DAVEED - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 2:31 PM

Sorry to hear the news JT, really thought the bad luck would turn soon and we might see you doing a Hopper in BSB next year. Anyway it was not to be, thanks for the memories and good luck in whatever you do

Leigh Colpitts - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 2:51 PM

Not the way any rider deserves to finish his career. A big loss to superbikes. Turned into one of the best British competitors on the world stage. Thoroughly deserving two time champion, will be sorely missed!

Ian S - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 3:01 PM

I watched JT from being a spotty youth brought into racing by Mick Corrigan, to the 2 times world champ that Mick always predicted he would become. This injury is very similar to the one that ended Kevin Schwantz's career so there's no shame in following in those footsteps.
James, you are a star and you will be missed. I wish you all the best for whatever the future might bring to you.

phil - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 3:06 PM

James was a spent force since his failure in MotoGP.
Good luck to him in his future career, his racing days were behind him regardless of injury.
Top tip for Steve Parrish's replacement at the BBC!

Wolfy35

September 09, 2011 3:34 PM

@ bri t

It is not about just switching the throttle to the left hand. As his doctor's statement says he no longer has sufficient range of movement in his wrist to hold on to a bike while hanging off the side of it to corner.

James WAS and to an extent still is a world class rider who made the mistake of switching to MGP when given the chance but he is not the first to do this and wont be the last.

Whatever people think about James, The haters will always hate & say he never had the talent while some dedicated fans will never admit he made any mistakes, It is a shame to see any rider who performs at any level be forced to retire through injury but racing carries big risks and this sometimes happens.

SHEENE7

September 09, 2011 3:35 PM

Totally gutted for JT,the last couple of years have been pretty tough for him and this just about takes the p*ss.Such a shame that this latest injury proves to be the end of his career,was hoping he would bounce back from another nightmare season and be competitive again next season.Best of luck to him for the future,it's been fun supporting him over the last 10 years or so and a shame it has to end like this at still a young age.It's always a choker when ever any of these guy's are forced to retire through injury when they still have the potential to still be competitive.

ZeR0 Kun

September 09, 2011 4:15 PM

Doohan, Fogarty, and now JT joins the list of champs that was forced to retire due to injury. Not easy when he have to give up what he love, especially considering what he have to go through to achieve what he have now, but hats off to him nonetheless - he take it gracefully, albeit reluctantly.

At least it can become a reminder for all racers out there - regardless how good or great they are, they are just as mortal as the rest.

ironhorse - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 4:19 PM

allways a bit impartial to jt untill the 2006 ride on the honda with no tc made me take note how hard this lad was pushing on a bike that wasnt(that year) anywhere near as competetive as jt made it look .his bike control that year was something to behold and thats when i realised how underrated this guy was but the tires just wouldnt last the pace. sure enough the following year they sorted the tc and he gave honda a brillant wc against some of the greatest wsb competition ever (bikes and riders) ..following this i gained some insite into the horrendous injuries and personal difficulties hed had to overcome to forfull his passion to race .. a grittier more determined person is a rare thing indeed ..never mastered the prototypes but wasnt brought up to.. but was a hellova motorcycle rider all the same...maximum respect

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