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Toseland targets full fitness for Aragon

The Briton started just one race in the United States, his first since the Phillip Island season opener.
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."



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Don-R

June 02, 2011 10:03 AM
Last Edited 1208 days ago

I suspected the team were trying to bring him back too soon after an injury like that, and this weekend underscores the point: you can't race safely without 100% mobility and strength in your throttle/brake hand. Clutch hand and he might have been ok. The good news at least is that Badovini is showing that the satellite BM can be competitive against the factory machines. So that should encourage JT.

Sharky6606 - Unregistered

June 02, 2011 8:38 PM

You cannot be a 2 x WSB Champion and be a bad rider. Admittedly he has had a bad run, BUT he has the talent and abiity to perform on top of the WSB stage. Some people are just to keen to go JT bashing too easily. Just my humble opinion



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