TOSELAND STILL THIRD AFTER VALENCIA WEEKEND James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) battled hard around the twisty 4.005km Valencia circuit but could not replicate his pace in the opening two rounds of the season and finished...
TOSELAND STILL THIRD AFTER VALENCIA WEEKEND
James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) battled hard around the twisty 4.005km Valencia circuit but could not replicate his pace in the opening two rounds of the season and finished only ninth and 11th. He remains third overall in the championship chase. Toseland's team-mate for the weekend, Giovanni Bussei (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) experienced similar difficulties in finding a set-up that worked in either race and ended his Valencia weekend 18th and 20th. Karl Muggeridge, the second regular team rider, will be back at Monza, a race that all in the Winston ten Kate Team expect to be a much more fruitful affair than Valencia proved to be.
In the first race Toseland gave his all, despite obvious problems exiting corners, to finish ninth, just ahead of factory Yamaha runner Andrew Pitt. Toseland was nonetheless top Honda rider on show, with his team-mate Giovanni Bussei finishing 18th. The race was won by Troy Bayliss, from Troy Corser, with Lorenzo Lanzi third.
In the second 23-lap race the top three were a mirror image of race one, but Toseland found even more difficulty in pushing forward, and fought out a rearguard action at the head of a group of four riders.
Ronald Ten Kate -- Team Manager
"To say that it wasn't a good weekend would be quite an understatement. We have been running behind all weekend here, and just couldn't get the bike to handle, and especially grip, well around here. We knew it was going to be difficult when we came here but we never expected it to be this difficult. It's purely in the nature of the track - so twisty - and for some reason we cannot get the bike set-up well. Luckily for us, we now go to a track of a completely different nature -- Monza -- which has long straights and fast corners. I prefer to look forward than to speak too much about the happenings here over the weekend. We will come back very, very strong."
James Toseland -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(Race 1: 9th position -- Race 2: 11th position -- Championship Position: 3rd with 86 points)
"When we have the bike on its side for a long time, and then just tap on the power, the tyre can't find any grip. It just wheel spins and wheel spins unless you pick it up. When the bike is on full lean round here you cannot do anything about it but sit on it and spin it. It's very frustrating. We got some points and we're still third in the championship but we were miles behind the leaders and that's not good enough. We'll have a think about it and see what we come away with for Monza."
Giovanni Bussei -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(Race 1: 18th -- Race 2: 20th -- Championship Position: No Points Scored)
"Not so happy. I came here to be better. I understand that it is difficult but it was hard to find everything and be competitive. I was hoping to faster in the second race, but I think I still have too much weight on the front tyre. So at the beginning the rear grip was good, it was pushing a lot, and I nearly crashed many times. From half way it became better with less fuel in the tank helping as well. At the end I was doing the sort of lap times I expected."