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Toseland impresses with orchestral manoeuvres in the dark

Toseland impresses with orchestral manoeuvres in the dark

Although renowned for his musical talents as a concert pianist, just like the rest of the MotoGP field James Toseland had never experienced an opening night quite the same as that of February 28th in Losail.

Although renowned for his musical talents as a concert pianist, just like the rest of the MotoGP field James Toseland had never experienced an opening night quite the same as that of February 28th in Losail.

Showing no after-effects of his ankle-twisting Jerez crash, the Tech 3 Yamaha rider was one of the standout debutants in the first MotoGP night test. The Briton was fifth overall on the timesheets, but a swift glance at the lap charts highlights the premier class rookie as one of the early adaptors to the unfamiliar circumstances, trailing only eventual top man Casey Stoner right up until the final hour of the opening night session.

Faced with the dual tasks of preparing for the March 9th Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar and his first 800cc season as a whole, Toseland undertook a prodigious 90 laps of testing on Thursday night that involved a series of 22-lap race simulations. High on the testing agenda was a new chassis for his M1 machine, used for the first time at a track in which he has experienced success in superbike racing.

Its been a strange build up to a test because I feel like Ive started to work a night shift, said Toseland after his maiden night performance. Getting your body fired up when it wants to shut down is very difficult. The first evening went very well and I ran second behind Casey Stoner for most of the session. Im still learning the way that the Yamaha wants to be ridden and adapting to that technique.

Having identified the need for a new visor due to the decreased temperatures and high humidity present at Losail, the 27 year-old can now focus fully on groundwork for his first MotoGP race. As ever, he remains cool-headed regarding what lies ahead.

My team at Tech 3 Yamaha are fantastic and are really making the job less difficult for me. We still have other settings to try and this test is all about preparing for next weeks first race so that increases the importance of getting things right. Im really enjoying the MotoGP championship so far, but I realise that there is still a lot to learn .

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MotoGP, 2008, James Toseland

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