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Toseland reviews first day of 800cc action

Toseland reviews first day of 800cc action

Riding for the first time onboard an 800cc MotoGP bike, 2008 rookie James Toseland had something of a baptism of fire with the Yamaha M1 at Sepang.

Riding for the first time onboard an 800cc MotoGP bike, 2008 rookie James Toseland had something of a baptism of fire with the Yamaha M1 at Sepang. The Briton suffered a minor crash at the Malaysian circuit, escaping unscathed, but a far bigger setback was the appearance of the heavy lunchtime rain which drew the opening day of testing to an early conclusion.

Toseland was tenth fastest in his first outing with Yamaha Tech 3, with a fastest lap of 2'05.438s, but had concentrated his work on getting comfortable with the plethora of novelties that he will have to get used to over the coming year.

"It's a bit disappointing that the rain came along," bemoaned the superbike champion. "Everything is new for me; the bike, the team and the tyres. I need a lot of time and this has spoilt it, but we have three days here to test."

His only previous ride onboard a MotoGP machine having come at a journalists test on a 990cc bike, the differences between the M1 and that to which the 27 year-old is accustomed were bound to be notable, and Toseland did not play down the change.

"It's a big difference to a superbike; the limits are much further forward. Also the track here is very technical and long. However, at the moment we are working well."

Britain's only representative on the nearly fully-filled 2008 grid had some help along the way from new team-mate Colin Edwards, as the ‘Texas Tornado' made his colleague feel welcome with a ‘guided tour' of Sepang.

"I thought I'd help James out a little, going in front of him and just letting him follow for a while. He's got a lot to get used to. This place is so wide, and some of the corners are never ending, so I thought I'd get him that far ahead of the game. He's doing good," explained Edwards after a day in which he aimed to ring the changes with his new team.

"With Valentino (Rossi, Edwards' ex-team-mate and factory Yamaha rider) not here I think a little bit of the workload was passed on to me. Today was all about changing my setup from last year and just starting afresh with some new ideas," added the American when reviewing his first day with Tech 3.

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MotoGP, 2007

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