WSBK »

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.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Toseland, French WSBK Race 2 2010
Toseland, Corser, French WSBK Race 2 2010
Toseland, Corser, French WSBK Race 2 2010
Toseland, Corser, French WSBK Race 2 2010
Toseland, Corser, French WSBK Race 2 2010
Toseland, French WSBK 2010
Haslam, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Haslam, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Haslam, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Haslam, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Haslam, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Haslam, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Laverty, Yates, Iddon, Haslam, Melandri, Pegram, Davies, Ulrich, Sykes, Barrier, Monterey Aquarium, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Haslam, Ulrich, Squid races at Monterey Aquarium, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Haslam, Portuguese WSBK race2 2014
Haslam, Portuguese WSBK race2 2014
Haslam, Portuguese WSBK race2 2014
Haslam and Sykes, Portuguese WSBK race2 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Sweeble

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.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.