A weekend to forget for flagging WSB ace

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JAMES Toseland has vowed to forget World Superbike round one and move swiftly on to round two after two less than impressive races at the season opener in Australia.

Toseland, 30, looked a shadow of his former self in his first outing for the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK team beginning the weekend by qualifying in 15th. He dropped two places in race one on Phillip Island taking the chequered flag in 17th before finishing race two in 14th.

Kiveton-raised Toseland now turns his attentions to ironing out his problems at an upcoming test in Spain before moving on to round two of 13 at Donington Park.

“I knew the package we have at the moment wouldn’t be competitive enough to mix it with the frontrunners” said Toseland. “But it’s disappointing to not have had a better start. The team works well together and we’re all focused on making improvements quickly. I’m looking forward to Donington; it’s great for the British fans to have two rounds on home soil this year. We suffered from a lack of testing but we have got a test between Phillip Island and Donington and everybody worked their hardest in Australia and I can’t fault anybody within the team. This has been an important learning weekend for us. Historically the home track has not been a lucky one for me but I am hoping to change that this year.”

Carlos Checa laid down an early claim for the 2011 title recording back-to-back wins in Australia while reigning world champion Max Biaggi was runner-up twice. However Toseland, who picked up just two points for his efforts, believes his main rivals for a third world title lie a little closer to home. “The paddock is interesting because Leon Haslam and I have gone to BMW and they have invested massively,” he added.

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