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Tough Superbike return for Toseland

A tenth place finish and a spectacular high-side leaves James Toseland on the back foot after the first round in Australia
James Toseland's bid to become the first rider to win three World Superbike titles with three different manufacturers got off to a bad start as he leaves Phillip Island with only a tenth place finish and several bruises to show for.

Toseland's first World Superbike race since he left the series as champion back in 2007, the Briton made a decent start from eighth on the grid during the first encounter to run seventh early on.

However, his race would last just three laps before he high-sided at Lukey Heights, Toseland proceeding to land heavily on the hand he injured in a crash during free practice two days earlier.

Nonetheless, Toseland was back on the bike for race two, running as high as fifth initially before his form steadily began to wane. Caught and passed first by Carlos Checa, then Troy Corser and Jonathan Rea, Toseland gamely clung on to eighth position before both Max Biaggi and Cal Crutchlow would demote him to tenth late on.

Not the successful start he had envisaged pre-season, while Toseland was disappointed to come away with just a handful of points, he remains confident that there is plenty of potential in the Yamaha package.

"I really needed to finish the second race after the crash in the first,” he said. “To only finish 14 seconds from the front with the issues we've had this weekend is not so bad. I was really disappointed with the first race, with my injury on Friday I wanted to have two good finishes today.

“Full credit to the team they've tried so hard but unfortunately we haven't had the software here to solve the issue. We know what the problem is and I've given enough feedback and input to give the guys a direction to go in.

“We've got a lot of work to do, no doubt, but even with all the problems we're not actually that far away. The package, the power, the balance and the suspension have come on leaps and bounds. On to Portimao now, it's a long season so we can do it."



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dinmore manor - Unregistered

February 28, 2010 1:49 PM

It never ceases to amaze me how much utter B*LLOCK$ gets posted on here. I have always followed motorcycle racing closely due to the friendly nature of the fans and the support and respect for all competitors from fans, no mater who their favourite rider/s may be. It really saddens me that low life scum that prevail in another particular sports fan base seem to be creeping in over here, what a great shame. This is not kicking a ball about on a nice soft bit of grass for £70k a week then crying for mummy whilst lying in the middle of the pitch having tripped over somebody's foot. This is a DANGEROUS sport and ALL that compete in it deserve YOUR full respect, just as it used to be......

GS - Unregistered

February 28, 2010 11:43 AM

Just listen to the brave keyboard warriors, lining up to stick the boot in. I bet you sad saps couldn't wait to logon and get stirring the sh1t. Still, it's probably the only things making your lives feel worthwhile...



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