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Thirteenth place in practice belies Toseland adaptation

Thirteenth place in practice belies Toseland adaptation

At a new track for the Briton, James Toseland had a creditable performance at Mugello on the opening day of MotoGP practice.

The combined free practice results may not have shown the true extent of James Toseland´s adaptation to the Mugello circuit, with the afternoon times for nearly every rider slower than their morning outings, but the Briton´s performance in the second run indicates a promising acquaintance with the Italian track.

Whilst thirteenth overall, the Tech 3 Yamaha rider was fifth in the completely wet conditions of the afternoon and led for a large part of the session. All this at a track at which he had previously ridden just five laps, in a 990cc Ducati Desmosedici test back in 2004.

"I´m really pleased with the progress we´ve made today at Mugello and I'm hoping that we can repeat the same performance in the dry conditions that have been forecast for the rest of the weekend,´ said the quick learning MotoGP rookie.

After a fantastic start to his debut season in MotoGP, Toseland´s form has dipped with a twelfth place and DNF at Shanghai and Le Mans. With the Yamaha M1 proving to be the bike to beat in 2008, the former superbike star is well aware that he can turn things around with a positive finish in Italy.

`I´m determined to get my results back on track this weekend and secure a strong race result to improve my championship position. I´ve got some tracks coming up that I know really well, which I´m looking forward to and I´m focussing on the future rather than looking back. The bike and team is working really well, so the rest is down to me.

MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, James Toseland, Tech 3 Yamaha

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