Badovini to go it alone, grid down to 20

The World Superbike grid will make do with just 20 participants at Donington Park as BMW Italia decide not to replace James Toseland.
BMW Italia will focus on a single entry for Ayrton Badovini during the second round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park in the wake of James Toseland's withdrawal.

The Briton will watch his home round from the sidelines after fracturing his wrist in an accident during testing at Motorland Aragon, an injury that will rule him out for at least two events.

For the time being, BMW Italia has decided not to replace Toseland for Donington Park and instead focus all of its efforts on Badovini, who scored two points on his return to the Superbike arena at Phillip Island.

"James's accident is very unfortunate and just what we didn't want,” said BMW Motorrad Italy director Andrea Buzzoni. “We have been continuing a successful major development programme following the wet winter tests and the limited time that we had to prepare the bike.

“After an initial error in the Spanish hospital where doctors underestimated the problem with his wrist which led to complications over and above the accident damage, James is recovering with great spirit, determination and positive attitude, because - like us - he is excited about the project. He believes in it and wants to return as soon as possible.

“James does not want to be replaced, nor do we like to think about replacing him, but that will be assessed with time as James' medical progress becomes apparent. Ayrton, who has done a great job during testing, will be our only rider on the track. I am sure he will do well. "

Toseland's absence means the WSBK grid will be reduced to 20 at Donington Park.

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dosed - Unregistered

March 23, 2011 6:03 PM

@IMO, I can understand a team might want to focus on just one rider, instead of improvising for a second one, that's there only for a few races. It's still a little strange, but I can understand it. But I really cant imagine the replaced rider's point of view, that thinks its better to keep his spot empty. We all know the pros, for having a replacement. But what are the cons, from the replaced rider's point of view? Really, can you imagine any except being worried the replacement might do better?

dosed - Unregistered

March 23, 2011 3:38 PM

“James does not want to be replaced," What a lame comment. Since when is a rider asked about this sort of thing? And why would an injured rider care about it? Unless he is worried the replacement might do better then him, and help the team get some more points and coverage for sponsors.

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