James Toseland has commended the Yamaha team for turning around its fortunes in a short space of time after both he and Cal Crutchlow qualified on the front two rows on their Superpole shootout debuts at Phillip Island.

With chatter problems forcing Yamaha into a re-think of the 2010-specification R1, Toseland looked to be struggling for form at times during free practice, while his cause wasn't aided by a high-side that left him with an injured hand.

However, while Toseland admits his hand is still giving him discomfort and the time lost from his fall has given him work to do on the electronics front, he was encouraged to be battling it out towards the front come qualifying.

"I was annoyed with myself for the high-side yesterday," he said. "We had some issues with the electronics which caught me out so today was damage limitation for that. The balance and the bike itself has improved a lot over the weekend but the electronics now need to catch up a bit.

"I hurt my hand in the fall which is quite painful, especially as this is a really physical circuit and you need your strength to get round it.

Eventually qualifying in eighth position having run out of qualifying tyres ahead of the shootout, Toseland points to team-mate Cal Crutchlow's third position on the grid as to the potential of the developing bike.

"I made a mistake on my first tyre in Superpole this afternoon which forced me to use the qualifier in the first session, so I had to use a race tyre for the last session.

"I knew if I could get into the last eight then I'd be happy with the second row. We've got quite a lot more to do with the bike, but to see where we were before the weekend and to now be on the first row with Cal and me on the second just shows you what a good job the team has done. They've put us in a position where we can have a go."


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