JAMES Toseland’s early 2011 season might have gone from bad to worse – but despite being ruled out for, at least, two World Superbike rounds the Kiveton ace is thanking his lucky stars.
After an inauspicious start to the new campaign in round one Toseland headed to a test in Spain looking to get his season back on track.
However his hopes went up in smoke in Aragon, Spain, with the 30-year-old breaking his wrist in a high-speed crash, ruling him out of the next two meetings including this weekend’s home round at Donington Park.
“My main priority was Donington,” said Toseland. “So I was pleased when I was originally told in Spain that I’d be OK. But the pain in my right wrist was unbelievable so a specialist in Manchester organised a new X-ray from a different position and found that I’d badly displaced bones in my wrist. At that point, things were critical as there was no blood flow in the wrist, meaning that the bone could die if I wasn’t operated on immediately.
“It came as a bit of a shock to be honest. I’ve been lucky, but it’s a massive disappointment from a racing point of view.”
Toseland, who races for BMW Motorrad Italia, may return to the track for round four of the season in Italy on May 8.
This latest bad luck continues a theme from last season where fanfares heralded the Kiveton rider’s return to the paddock in search of his third title, only for injuries to hamper his season and see him end ninth overall.
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