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Humble Toseland content with progress but keen to learn more

Humble Toseland content with progress but keen to learn more

Englishman James Toseland was at the head of the timesheet for much of the second half of Friday night's Losail test session, and despite losing the top slot to Jorge Lorenzo by 0.040s right at the end of the practice the Tech3 Yamaha rookie was understandably content with his Qatar workout.

Englishman James Toseland was at the head of the timesheet for much of the second half of Friday night's Losail test session, and despite losing the top slot to Jorge Lorenzo by 0.040s right at the end of the practice the Tech3 Yamaha rookie was understandably content with his Qatar workout.

Clearly showing no lasting ill-effects from the twisted ankle he sustained in Jerez, Toseland concluded the 2008 pre-season testing programme demonstrating the progress he has made since first riding a Yamaha M1 800cc MotoGP prototype in Malaysia last November, though he insists there is still plenty to learn.

The 27 year-old's best Friday effort of 1'54.592, at a circuit where the pole position record set last year by five-time premier class title winner Valentino Rossi is 1'55.002, showed Toseland already has the pace to mix it with the World Championship's front runners as of next week's season-opening Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar at the same venue.

In typically down-to-earth style however, Toseland told motogp.com that he still has to become fully accustomed to his new machinery, despite his fast lap times. "I'm still learning the bike, with the electronics and the traction control, trying to get a good setting so I can build up my confidence on it, because everything's still a little bit new," the Yorkshireman said.

On the peculiarities of the unique Losail testing environment he added: "The testing is going well. It's strange testing at night, but I think it's going to be a great spectacle to have the first night race. Everybody's so competitive and so close, it's going to be a great race, I'm sure."

"You have to get used to it though, I mean I think I got to bed at 3.30am or 4am last night, and then I got up late, so it's a good excuse for laying in bed all day! But it's not so bad, the lighting is good and they've done a great job here at the track."

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MotoGP, 2008, James Toseland

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