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Toseland pleased with best test so far

Toseland pleased with best test so far

James Toseland demonstrated his strongest testing form to date since joining Yamaha, with fast times on both qualifying tyres and race compounds on the final day of testing at Phillip Island on Friday.

James Toseland demonstrated his strongest testing form to date since joining Yamaha, with fast times on both qualifying tyres and race compounds on the final day of testing at Phillip Island on Friday.

The 27 year-old rounded off just his fourth test since making the move into MotoGP by fully utilising his knowledge of the Australian circuit to finish third fastest on the timesheet with a lap of 1'29.754 on Michelin qualifiers. That his time was only bettered by the two most recent World Champions, 2007 winner Casey Stoner and his predecessor Nicky Hayden, highlighted the rapid progress Toseland is making.

Perhaps even more significant for the rider and his team was Toseland's pace in his first full race simulation onboard the evolving Yamaha YZR-M1, which saw him produce highly consistent 1'31 times and a best lap of 1.31.012, during a 27 lap run.

Having won at ‘the Island' as a Superbikes rider in 2007, it is one of the few MotoGP venues where the Yamaha 2008 World Championship rookie knows the track, but his performance last week will nonetheless have impressed his new employers.

Following the conclusion of proceedings at the Victorian venue, Toseland told motogp.com: "I'm tired now after three days of testing, but I've really enjoyed it. It's been nice to come to a track where I've got a lot of experience, as Sepang and Jerez were new to me so it was a bit difficult to get used to the bike and the team there. Here I was able to put my track knowledge to good use so it's been a good test."

Assessing the current position of his team rather than his personal status the Yorkshireman added: "The corner speed at the moment on the Yamaha is very, very good. I catch quite a few people on the entry to corners, and we could do with a little bit more power still compared to the Ducati. Compared to the Suzuki and the Kawasaki we are very competitive, so I'm really happy with the progress."

The Yamaha Tech3 team have now completed the initial stages of their 2008 testing programme, with Toseland and new colleague Colin Edwards set for a short break before reappearing to undertake five more days of testing in Jerez and Qatar, before the new season commences back in Losail under the floodlights on 9th March.

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MotoGP, 2008, James Toseland

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