Toseland, Xaus set for Portimao test

James Toseland, Ruben Xaus and Joan Lascorz are among those to embark on the latest round of the World Superbike testing in Portugal and Spain.
While Yamaha and Aprilia have travelled across the world to sample its latest developments in Australia, several of its World Superbike rivals will remain in Europe to conduct its own testing.

Starting today [Monday], BMW Italia will appear in WSBK guise for the first time with James Toseland and Ayrton Badovini on the S1000RR alongside factory riders Leon Haslam and Troy Corser.

Having maintained a low profile since the final round of the 2010 World Superbike Championship in France, Ten Kate Honda will also be present in Portugal with Jonathan Rea returning from injury, while newly-signed Ruben Xaus will get his first taste of the CBR1000RR.

Also in attendance will be the PATA Aprilia of Noriyuki Haga, Michel Fabrizio on the Suzuki Alstare and Maxime Berger on the Supersonic Ducati. Aprilia's test team will also participate.

Meanwhile, Kawasaki has decided to avoid its rivals in favour of testing at Almeria, with Tom Sykes being joined for the first time by Joan Lascorz, the Spaniard returning to action after being sidelined for three months with injury.

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52ftw - Unregistered

November 29, 2010 7:05 PM

I am a big Toseland fan and rarely post on here, I understand there are a lot of Toseland haters here but in this thread there seems to be less troll more fact. James is more than capable of taking a 3rd world championship, but I don't think that'll be coming this year on the BMW. As said before JT is **** under pressure, this year there is no pressure. Yamaha didn't treat him too great last year either, I don't think the Yamaha team was a very good set up and Crutchlow struggled too, James was on the podium before Cal remember and got 5 consecutive podiums and fought for two race victories (Assen & Monza) before his awful crash at Monza. James needs to be looking for consistent top 6 finishes this year on that satellite BMW, and aiming to get on the podium a couple of times and perhaps a win. That's all he can aim for in my opinion, this year isn't gonna be about winning a championship, it's gonna be about getting back on track and getting a good bike for 2012 - move over Corser!

Wood - Unregistered

November 29, 2010 3:54 PM

If BMW give JT proper support he could well win his third WSB title. He recent lack of results isn't because he lacks talent, he's clearly one of the most talented riders of his generation

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