JAMES TOSELAND admitted World Superbike round five was ‘too much too soon’ despite finally getting his season back up and running in America.
After a disappointing return to the WSB ranks last season – Toseland ended ninth overall – he has seen this campaign decimated by a wrist injury.
As a result Toseland’s foray, albeit brief, onto the track for race day at Miller Motorsports Park (USA) was his first competitive race since round one at Phillip Island way back in February. Still battling his wrist problems the 30-year-old picked up a solitary point after finishing 15th in race one before sitting out the second. The WSB paddock turns around rapidly for round six at Misano on June 10 and while not fully fit, Toseland points to the positives of his trip Stateside.
“I wanted to win the point for the team to thank them for what they are doing, so it was nice to do that in race one,” said Toseland. “I am improving day by day with the injury but my hand still hurts.”
Toseland always knew he was going to struggle at the physically demanding circuit in Utah and that was shown in qualifying.
The Kiveton rider was unable to set a lap time quick enough to force his way into the qualifying proper and as a consequence lined up in 18th on the grid.
Toseland improved that to end 15th but was upstaged by BMW Motorrad Italia teammate Ayrton Badovini, with two top-ten finishes.
The Utah results leave Toseland down in 22nd in the overall standings. “I’m going to be OK for round seven Aragon or at worst for Brno in July” added Toseland. “The team had a good weekend with Ayrton; I congratulate them.”
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