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BMW Italia won’t replace injured Toseland
23 March 2011
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.