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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September 09, 2011 10:57 PM

He won 2 WSB championships on totally different bikes. That is amazing.

As an aside, he mentioned he can't make right hand turns.

Maybe he could consider a future in counter-clockwise flat-tracking?

reluctanct ex racer mark - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 11:22 PM

Just try yo remember James that there's plenty of racers who have had to quit through lack of funds and would have loved to have raced for many more years,at least you are amongst the top group of racers inc Doohan and fogarty who have been spared having to make the decision to quit,you had no choice!.Good luck for the future whatever you decide to do!

slapstick - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 11:51 PM

James Toseland was and still is a legend in my eyes. I still get goosebumps thinking about how he rode the wheels off that Honda in WSBK to win the title. How many riders could beat Troy Bayliss around Philip Island let alone doing it on a bike not as good as Troy's. Nothing against Cal Crutchlow too but the more his season goes on the more it also shows what a bloody good job James did in Moto GP. First ever GP 2nd on the grid and finishing 6th. James, all the best in your retirement, you deserve a rest!!

Jules W.

September 10, 2011 12:08 AM

This is such a shame! I will for sure miss JT. Definitely a great -but underrated- rider.
The 2007 season was a blast, with the 2nd race at Assen definitely one of the highlights! Should have never gone to GPs and could have been one of the all time greats in WSBK after Foggy and Bayliss.

Schiben - Unregistered

September 10, 2011 12:35 AM

Too bad he has to go out this way. I'm not and never have been a big fan of his, but that's not to say I think he deserves this. Good luck on the future James.

El Pedro

September 10, 2011 4:19 AM

Real shame to hear this. JT may have had a tough couple of seasons recently but the likes of Bayliss, Biaggi and Checa have shown that you can race at the pointy end well towards the big 40 and JT had time to get back there too. I wouldn't be surprised if he takes a year or two and comes back for another crack. If not, I hope he's not lost to the sport and stays around in some capacity.

bolts - Unregistered

September 10, 2011 6:31 AM

reluctanct ex racer mark: how can you mention Toseland and Mick Doohan in the same sentence!?!? You can't even compare what Mick Doohan went through to JTs 'less than full range of motion in my wrist'. Let alone compare track success.

JT lost it with his MotoGP pre-season crash. Hasn't been the same since and showed no prospect of getting back to his previous form. Shame

Sandra D - Unregistered

September 10, 2011 8:28 AM

Hey... very sad to hear about James injury!! So sorry to hear that he has to quit racing now. He's had an awesome career and he's a cool guy!! Can only wish him well from here on and hope that everyone remembers what a great rider he is...

Sandra D

Nickc - Unregistered

September 10, 2011 10:13 AM

I have watched James since the days of the CB500 cup and have always been impressed with how he handled his success and failures, always positive. The WSBK title in 2007 was the highlight for me riding a non factory fireblade and beating some of the best riders WSBK has ever produced. I am certain he has always given 100% and would like to wish him well in his future.

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