JAMES Toseland’s ambitions will take another blow this weekend – but the Kiveton ace insists he won’t be losing any sleep over his fading title hopes.
After displacing the bones in his wrist prior to round two at Donington Park last month Toseland will be forced to watch this weekend’s third World Superbikes outing in Holland from the commentary box. The 30-year-old is hoping to return at round four in Monza on May 8 but with the four pins in his wrist only being removed a week beforehand, admits that is a long shot.
Toseland, though, recognises that the injury was very near to becoming a career-ending problem - so he insists the fact that he is even able to plan his return is a tonic. “Monza is a long shot because I won’t be having the pins out until a week before,” said Toseland – who rides for BMW Motorrad Italia and currently lies 19th in the overall standings.
“That is what I am aiming and working towards. I am in the hyperbaric chamber in the Isle of Man for three hours every day and that is aiding my recovery.
“But really I am just happy to be thinking about returning and being able to ride because there was a time when I did the injury that I could have lost the use of my hand. When you have an injury like that it changes your mindset and you realise how lucky you have been and you are thankful that you will be back fit and able to ride again.
“So whether I am back at Monza or for round five at Miller Motorsport in America afterwards I am just happy to know that I can ride.”
But while his recent injury travails suggest the Kiveton ace will be a surprise feature on the grid it Italy next month – Toseland admitted the decision will be up in the air until April 27.
That is the date his wrist pins will be removed – and only then will Toseland truly know his fate.
Superbike riders are famed for their almost superhuman pain threshold and ability to ride through the pain barrier but Toseland admits six weeks of nigh-on total inactivity could leave him no option but to sit Monza out.
“I have never injured my wrist before and so I don’t know what to expect when the pins come out,” added Toseland.
“I won’t have had movement for about six weeks so I have no idea how it’s going to feel and how much strength I will have.”
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