A jubilant James Toseland spent his slowing down lap throwing his riding gear to his fans following his dominant double win at Brands Hatch, which has increased his hold on the World Championship.
He had to fight off the attentions of Noriyuki Haga
on the Yamaha Italia who finished second with his team-mate Troy Corser
Toseland was lost for words at a highly emotional post race press conference, “I don't know what to say. To get my first double…. I've have given my wages to do it here. I tried at Silverstone, I tried at Donington Park, and thank God we had Brands Hatch! The bike was brilliant, the tyres were great, and everything worked.”
“I've made the decision to move on to the next challenge,” he said referring to his move to MotoGP, “I've been in this paddock for ten years, I have a lot of friends here and I'm going to miss them. I've got some great people around me, family and friends and I couldn't do without them.”
He has been determined from the outset that this Championship was going to be his as he went on to say, “I want the Championship back, it has been great so far. The Yamaha's have come on strong this year but I've got a good lead now. I have one hand on the trophy and I want to bring it back to where it belongs.”
Haga explained what happened in race one, “I try to push and catch James a little but I make hard braking and tuck the front. I was lucky as our bike I could re-start, but I was unlucky to crash. Race two was a better feeling. We change the suspension settings and I push to catch James, with five laps to go there is big noise from the chain when I open gas. It was a big noise and I was a little bit scared. Congratulations to James on his double win and Troy for his two time podium.”
His team-mate Corser had this to say, “We've been working on the bike all year and it has potential to win as Nori has shown. It was a hard race out there and the Honda just had the legs on us out the back. Congratulations to James, I know how it feels to win at home,” he went on to thank his fans, “Thanks for all your support out there today.”
Off the line it was Troy Bayliss
who got the hole shot but Haga got the drive out of Druids and took the lead. That didn't last for long as Toseland decided it was his time to lead and got in front at Stirling's. Corser was in fifth place but soon skipped by Yukio Kagayama
Four laps later and Haga took the lead at Druids hairpin but Toseland got the run on him out of Clearways and onto the main straight. It was on this lap that Max Biaggi
was deemed to have jumped the start and had to take a ride through penalty. Despite this he still managed a top ten finish coming home in eighth place.