Difficult BMW debut for Toseland

The team blames a lack of testing prior to the start of the race weekend for failing to get on terms with its rivals.
The new chapter in James Toseland's World Superbike career got off to a stuttering start at Phillip Island as he could only manage a 14th place finish on his debut with the BMW Italia team.

The two-time WSBK champion struggled to make an impression on the satellite BMW from the start of the weekend as he scraped into Superpole before placing the bike 15th on the grid.

Finishing outside the points in race one when endured an off-track moment early on in the race, though Toseland got himself as high as tenth during race two, a technical issue would push him back down to 14th at the chequered flag.

"After the start in race two I thought I could get in the top ten,” Toseland said. “We changed the set-up after race one and the bike was handing well. I can only think of race one as a test but it was important to test the two set-ups.”

Even so, team manager Serafino Foti insist a lack of dry running time prior to the race weekend had been a significant disadvantage to the new WSBK team.

"We knew it was difficult for us to debut after only taking part in the few tests so far,” Foti said. “We were expecting this. James has had a technical problem or he would undoubtedly have done better in the race 2. I'm happy that Ayrton rode a good race 1, while in the second he had an injector problem. From here we will try make another step forward by Donington.”

Toseland's team-mate Ayrton Badovini scored an identical 14th place finish in race one. The team will now embark on some testing between now and the second round at Donington Park.

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Dan - Unregistered

March 02, 2011 2:23 PM

I have only posted on here a few times before, but feel its time people just grew up and stopped putting crap about a bloke who has been extrememly successful. Why is it people in this country love to bash someone who has had success and they themselves can only post crap because they are jeleous.When JT went to GP he was on the 07 engine and michelins and yet lost out on pole in Qatar to Lorenzo by 0.02 seconds!!! Then ran at the front and finished a bike length behind Rossi in 6th!!! Doubt Cruthlow will ever do that!!!He is only 30 and has 10 years left in him christ give him a break!!! Corser should not have kept that seat what the hell did he do last year and yes I bet JT will out do him this year on the old bike!!!! Has anyone noticed MCN today has not talked about him or Tom Sykes which I think is shocking on their half.

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