James Toseland says he is disappointed not to have been able to capitalise on his improved Yamaha R1 during World Superbike Superpole in Portugal after crashing out of contention during Q2.

Toseland was confident of a good starting position at Portimao after being amongst the pace setters during free practice and provisional qualifying, but an error on the long right-hander leading onto the home straight prompted a high-side and an uncomfortable landing.

Although Toseland, who is still carrying an injury from a fall during the Phillip Island season opener, was unhurt in the crash, he would then look on from the sidelines as team-mate Cal Crutchlow put the Sterilgarda machine on pole position.

Indeed, Toseland was frustrated to have prematurely eliminated himself from proceedings, but was at least positive about the performance of the bike compared to Australia.

"What a disappointing end to what has been a great qualifying so far this weekend. The Sterilgarda Yamaha Team have been brilliant in how they've transformed the bike from where we were in Phillip Island and I want to thank them for that.

The mistake for me was that I was on the second lap on the qualifier tyre and I was trying to make it work hard on the last turn as if it had been the first lap on it. Unfortunately it was a mistake, I suffered a lack of grip and the consequence is I'm now 15th on the grid."


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