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Toseland using varied methods to cram up on Shanghai details

Toseland using varied methods to cram up on Shanghai details

Tech 3 Yamaha rider relying on computer game practice to learn Chinese track.

Tech 3 Yamaha´s James Toseland is –as in Portugal- riding at an entirely unknown track this weekend. Without the benefit of testing visits or previous superbike experience at the Shanghai International Circuit, the Briton is turning to less orthodox methods to swot up on the ins and outs of his latest challenge.

`I´ve been learning the circuit by playing it in a computer game with my nephews; that´s the only thing that I can do until I arrive and go around on the scooter, otherwise it´s difficult to learn,´ explains Toseland, following fellow countryman and 125cc competitor Bradley Smith´s 2006 learning method.

`The track looks amazing; I´m happy that Yamaha have given me the new engine for that long straight! There´s a strong possibility of rain for Sunday´s race, but hopefully not.´

Whilst he himself has no previous experience of the track, some help will come from his team garage. Teammate Colin Edwards has been on the podium in Shanghai, and the team at least have data to go on from their previous 800cc outing in China.

`I´ve been given the gear details from Sylvain Guintoli´s 2007 ride here, but apart from that I´ve just been told to keep the throttle open as long as possible and brake as late as I can!´ jokes the MotoGP rookie.

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