KIVETON rider James Toseland admitted he had to let his head rule his heart at World Superbike round four in Monza – neglecting to ride on race day.
The 30-year-old had to battle massively against the odds just to be in Italy, after having pins removed from his wrist just days before the World Superbike showdown.
After a high speed crash in training ahead of the second round at Donington Park, the trip to Italy was widely expected to be far too soon in the recovery period for Toseland.
But the BMW Motorrad Italia rider defied the odds to line up on the grid, riding nearly 30 laps, in Friday’s practice days at the historic Monza track.
However race day proved a step too far for Toseland as the Kiveton ace decided that safety – both his and his fellow riders’ – had to come first in Italy.
“I did 25 laps on Friday and then in the evening I was feeling a bit rough with the hand and so I called the surgeon with the symptoms and he said that it was best to stop if I could,” said Toseland.
“It wasn’t about being a hero out in Monza because I wanted to make sure I was ready for Miller and not do any more damage to the wrist.
“The surgeon said the symptoms meant that I was stretching the tendons and so it made sense not to ride in the races and make a full recovery hopefully in time for Miller.
“I did a 1.44 minute lap on Friday which I was pleased with but if I had been pushing even more it would have been dangerous because I didn’t have full control of the bike.
“Riding like that is not ideal around Monza and I didn’t want to risk anyone else or any of the other riders around the track because if in a race situation something happened I wouldn’t have been able to react and that could have been dangerous.”
Toseland will now have a full three weeks of rest and recuperation ahead of round five at Miller Motorsports Park to get himself free of any injury concerns.
After a tough opening round – Toseland picked up just two points in Australia – and having missed the last three the Kiveton ace is already facing a near-impossible task to be challenging the leaders, 143 shy of Carlos Checa who holds top spot.
But Toseland insists he will be fighting fit and back to his best when the paddock jets off to America at the end of the month.
“What was great about the weekend in Monza is that the bike has shown a big improvement for me and my teammate,” added Toseland.
“So hopefully I can get myself close to full fitness in time for Miller and then go there and get some good results.”
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