James Toseland believes he is still at least two rounds away from declaring himself fully fit after completing only his third race of the 2011 World Superbike season at Miller Motorsports Park.
The former champion has not raced since the Phillip Island season opener after breaking his wrist during testing, the Briton's tentative return to WSBK competition at Monza having been halted after the first day of practice.
Nonetheless despite missing out on a Superpole slot, Toseland battled hard in the opening race to prevail in a battle with Mark Aitchison and cross the line in 15th position, scoring a solitary point in the process.
However, while Toseland was pleased to reach the finish line with something to show for, he exercised caution for race two by sitting it out. With two rounds in two weekends coming up, the BMW Italia rider admits Aragon – or even Brno – will likely be the first opportunity for him to show his full strength again.
"I wanted to win the point for the team to thank them for what they are doing. I am improving day by day, but my hand still hurts and I elected not to ride in race 2. I think I'm going to be okay for Aragon or, at worst for Brno. I want to congratulate the team who did a great job and I am very pleased for the two top ten results."
BMW Italia sporting director Serafino Foti was pleased with Toseland's performance in the United States, labelling it as 'heroic'
"We are pleased with the weekend. James rode a heroic race, finishing in fifteenth place, but due to his poor physical condition, we decided together that he should not take part in race 2 to avoid unnecessary risks, considering that in two weeks there will be two consecutive events (Misano and Aragon), where his condition will certainly be better. We thank him for his professionalism and determination."