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Toseland shrugs off 'fuzzy head' for double top ten

James Toseland posts two solid top ten results from 15th position on the grid
James Toseland believes he could have been challenging towards the front of the field at Portimao had he not crashed during Superpole, even if the former World Superbike Champion was otherwise happy with his performance from 15th on the grid.

Having gotten amongst the front runners during free practice and provisional qualifying, Toseland went on to leave himself on the back foot in Superpole when he high-sided out of contention, the Yamaha rider forced to start 15th on the grid.

Despite this, Toseland pushed on in the races and made good progress up the field, finishing seventh in the first race after passing Noriyuki Haga on the final lap, and sixth in the second.

Although he maintains he was destined for better had been able to complete Superpole, Toseland was nonetheless happy with the outcome given the circumstances

“It was only my crash that stopped me being on the front row I think. I was a bit sore today and my head was bit fuzzy after its knock yesterday so I wasn't completely on form. Considering that and starting from 15th on the grid we achieved some good results.

Looking ahead to the future, Toseland took the time to praise team-mate Cal Crutchlow's performance too, suggesting his efforts are a better indicator of the bike's potential.

"We've still got a lot of work to do but we've made massive improvements,” he said. “We really deserved the third and sixth in that last race, After Cal's Superpole he was unlucky to crash in the first race so I'm really pleased with his result in the second. The potential of the bike is very good - once we use the full power of the engine we're right up there.

“It's a shame we started on the back foot this year but we're moving on and we're keeping on pushing."



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The Word On The Street - Unregistered

March 29, 2010 9:35 AM

Nice you see Toseland PRAISING his team mate. Shame the praise was'nt mutual !!!!!!!! JT did a good job, and reading the Crutchlow thread this morning Cal seems to be the centre of the abuse for a change, you cannot be arrogant until you have won something and a Supersport title does not count !!!!!

RawDawg

March 29, 2010 12:59 PM

JT had a really good Sunday. He showed us what we haven't seen the last couple of years - some fight! After his superpole **** up I was thinking JT would just roll over and give up like he's done the last year or 2. But no, he came out swinging. JT and Haga over took more riders than anyone this weekend. I wish the TV coverage would have shown more of his overtaking moves. He bagged some good points and made the most out of a bad starting spot. It was good to see the old JT back and it would make the championship better if he can continue this fighting form.



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