Toseland's Yamaha career ends with crashes

James Toseland fails to score in five of the last six races as he concludes a disappointing three years as a Yamaha rider.
Toseland's three-year tenure as a Yamaha employee came to a disappointing climax at Magny-Cours after two crashes left him pointless for the second race in succession.

With Toseland already confirmed as not riding with Yamaha Sterilgarda next season, the Briton was hoping a strong performance in France – the scene of his two title wins in 2004 and 2007 – would put him in good stead for the winter.

However, having qualified down on the fourth row of the grid, neither of Toseland's races would last more than four laps after crashes at Estoril in race one and the Lycee chicane in race two.

Described as 'riding a bit desperate' by the following Leon Haslam, who was forced off the circuit in avoidance of his stricken Yamaha in race two, it wasn't the farewell that Toseland had planned – not least because it dropped him from seventh to ninth in the final standings.

“It has not been the finale that I'd hoped for at one of my favourite circuits but that just seems to be the way that this year has gone,” he said. “I'd like to thank Yamaha Sterilgarda and all of the team for their hard work throughout the season and the support from the fans, I'll be back."

Toseland has been linked to several teams for 2011, including a satellite BMW operation and Ten Kate Honda.

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October 04, 2010 10:26 AM

JT's basic quality is undeniable, but quite what's happened to him this season I don't know. He seems to really need confidence to ride well and I'd immagine that his is rock bottom at the moment. He needs a team to rebuild his career/confidence with, like what happened at Ten Kate some years ago. I believe that Ten Kate are still considering him for their second bike. But make no mistake, JT's in trouble!

Hugh Janus - Unregistered

October 05, 2010 6:39 AM

I've been interested in JT's career since he became known generally in the UK through his progress as a teenager - one of the 1st I'd ever heard of who was able to get a special licence dispensation - mid-season as I recall - to race in the CB500 Challenge with the adult riders. He's always dug deep when required, had many successes of course throughout his life but I just can't understand the slide from grace while in MotoGP and even more confusingly,disappointingly and frustrating the continuing descent into an almost desperate also-ran. A hideous situation for him and his fans - which I must say I am. Confused yes but still hoping for a turnaround. Time will tell of course but I can't help think that. A. The media pressure in the UK has removed his focus and B. More worryingly - I'm thinking that this rider has been exposed for his lack of set-up skills - if you can't do that at the top your going d o w n...... Hope I'm wrong.

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