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Toseland to test at Portimao.

James Toseland to take part in Portimao World Superbike test.
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team has confirmed to Crash.net that it will allow James Toseland to make an early R1 debut, by taking part in the Portimao World Superbike test.

The post-race test takes place after the WSBK season finale is held at the Portuguese track on October 23-25 - the same weekend that Toseland will be riding in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

With the 2009 MotoGP season not concluding until November 8, fellow WSBK returnee Chris Vermeulen had his request to test at Portimao turned down by Suzuki.

However, since Toseland is remaining part of the Yamaha 'family', Tech 3 has agreed to let the former double WSBK champion get his first taste of R1 machinery before his final MotoGP ride for the French team at Valencia.

After two years in MotoGP with Tech 3, Toseland will swap places with Ben Spies for 2010.

Spies will also get an early taste of his 2010 machinery, albeit in more competitive circumstances, having secured a wild-card ride for the Valencia finale.



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Who Cares - Unregistered

October 16, 2009 8:28 AM

As if Herve Poncharal had anything to say about that! Poncharal does whatever Yamaha instructs him to do. He tries to fool the journalists, and even maybe himself, but he actually decides nothing serious in his team, almost totally funded by Yamaha. His riders are paid by Yamaha, Tech3 is not paying his M1s, and Monster was directed to Tech3 by Yamaha. Yamaha has decided Spies would get the Tech3 seat in 2010, Yamaha decided that JT was to be drafted in the WSB team with serious title hopes, and Yamaha wants JT to be competitive as soon as possible on the R1, hence JT taking part in the Portimao tests. Poncharal is now putting emphasis on his M2 team, dropping names, but budget? Sponsor?

no comment - Unregistered

October 16, 2009 10:02 AM

This is testament to how much Yamaha value their riders. Once a Yamaha rider always a Yamaha rider. Abe stayed on Yam his whole career Ago rode a Yam and then ran the GP team Same for Kenny Roberts Same for Wayne Rainey. Honda could learn a thing or two from these guys.



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