TOSELAND SECOND IN IMOLA RACE AND CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) scored a hard-fought second place in the first race of the Imola weekend, and followed it up with an even tougher fifth place in race two. His race...
TOSELAND SECOND IN IMOLA RACE AND CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) scored a hard-fought second place in the first race of the Imola weekend, and followed it up with an even tougher fifth place in race two. His race performances mean that he is now two points ahead of his rival for second place overall, Noriyuki Haga. Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) scored eighth on two occasions, and sits 12th overall. Troy Bayliss was crowned champion after race one, and went on to win race two.
In the first 21-lap race of the day, held in glorious sunshine, Toseland was leading for a time, but could not hold back the challenge of first time race winner Alex Barros after his machine developed an electronics glitch. Toseland's 20 points for second place propelled him back to second in the championship, however. Muggeridge was eventually eighth but in a fight for sixth for most of the race.
Not enjoying a great start on his spare bike in race two, Toseland battled on and improved to an eventual fifth, one place ahead of Haga. In the title fight Bayliss has 393 points, Toseland 295 and Haga 293.
Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager
"Race one was OK, and we had quite a good pace from James, until we had an electronics problem on the machine and that cost us quite a bit of time; but still a podium was OK. We swapped to the other bike for the second race but the start was pretty bad and we didn't manage to catch up any ground. On Karl's side I was a bit sorry because I thought he could make up a bit more ground today, but in the first race he got cramp in his arms, and the second race was not too bad, to be honest. But all in all, the results have been a bit disappointing."
James Toseland - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(2nd and 5th -- 2nd in the world championship with 295 points)
"I didn't get a perfect start in race one but it was OK. The second one we used the spare bike and it started off OK but then the clutch released and started to grab and I went back to eighth or ninth and lost a lot of time. I wanted to pull some good points back to Haga today, not just a couple. The battle for me after race one was for second in the championship, and I beat Haga in both races. I need to go to Magny Cours now and make sure I finish the job to finish runner-up in this championship."
Karl Muggeridge - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(8th and 8th - 12th in the world championship with 113 points)
"In the last lap I started to run out of fuel, so I lost another two seconds to the leader, but I had a better ride in race two, and a better start. I got held up by Neukirchner, and he held me up for ages. Then Corser as well. It meant I lost the small gap I had back from James, which I knew I could have bridged. I had a very bad start in race one - 19th at the start because someone knocked me off the track. We made the bike better in race two, and we were close, but not quite there."
-credit: ten kate honda