The new chapter in James Toseland's World Superbike career got off to a stuttering start at Phillip Island as he could only manage a 14th place finish on his debut with the BMW Italia team.

The two-time WSBK champion struggled to make an impression on the satellite BMW from the start of the weekend as he scraped into Superpole before placing the bike 15th on the grid.

Finishing outside the points in race one when endured an off-track moment early on in the race, though Toseland got himself as high as tenth during race two, a technical issue would push him back down to 14th at the chequered flag.

"After the start in race two I thought I could get in the top ten," Toseland said. "We changed the set-up after race one and the bike was handing well. I can only think of race one as a test but it was important to test the two set-ups."

Even so, team manager Serafino Foti insist a lack of dry running time prior to the race weekend had been a significant disadvantage to the new WSBK team.

"We knew it was difficult for us to debut after only taking part in the few tests so far," Foti said. "We were expecting this. James has had a technical problem or he would undoubtedly have done better in the race 2. I'm happy that Ayrton rode a good race 1, while in the second he had an injector problem. From here we will try make another step forward by Donington."

Toseland's team-mate Ayrton Badovini scored an identical 14th place finish in race one. The team will now embark on some testing between now and the second round at Donington Park.



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