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Toseland arrives at home territory for English 125cc counterparts

Toseland arrives at home territory for English 125cc counterparts

James Toseland heads to another new track this weekend, but for fellow Englishmen Bradley Smith, Danny Webb and Scott Redding in the 125cc class, Catalunya is a home from home.

Having raced at Mugello for the first time last Sunday James Toseland is keen to improve on another sixth place finish with an even better result on his Catalunya debut this weekend.

In his rookie MotoGP season the talented Englishman has made a great start to his Grand Prix career as he encounters new track week after week, but for his trio of compatriots in the 125cc class, Bradley Smith, Danny Webb and Scott Redding, the Montmelo circuit just north of Barcelona is nothing new.

At 17 years of age Smith has already ridden in two GPs at the venue for round seven, while Webb has one World Championship race to his name at the circuit, but both riders, like 125cc debutant Redding, are highly familiar with the Catalan racetrack courtesy of their CEV (Spanish national championship) and Red Bull MotoGP Academy visits.

Looking ahead to this weekend´s race despite his foot and wrist injuries sustained in Italy, where he crossed the line fifth, just 0.178s behind race winning Simone Corsi, Polaris World rider Smith commented, `Barcelona is like my home race and it´s where my 125cc racing career started with the MotoGP Academy back in 2005. We made some big steps in Mugello and I think it was our best race of the season so far.´

Meanwhile, an equally upbeat Toseland is keen to get on with the job at another unfamiliar venue, having amassed a creditable 43 points for the Tech 3 Yamaha team after just six races in MotoGP.

The 27 year-old Yorkshireman stated, `This is the fifth track in succession I´ve not raced on before and it´s a tough period. I knew this would be the hardest part of the season but there is some light at the end of the tunnel with Donington and Assen being the next two races after Sunday. I´m going into Barcelona with considerable momentum after what we learnt at Mugello.´

Like Toseland, Blusens Aprilia Junior rider Redding is enjoying his maiden World Championship campaign and is confident of another point-scoring finish this weekend. The 15 year-old from Gloucester explained, `I raced in Barcelona just a couple of weeks ago in the Spanish Championship, so I certainly know the circuit although it poured with rain. It will be good to ride at a track I know before we start.´

After some disappointing results of late, 21st in France after a heavy crash in practice and unable to finish in Italy following a last lap accident, Degraaf Grand Prix´s 16 year-old Briton Webb is pleased to be back on familiar territory for the seventh race of the year, saying, `I made a mistake in Mugello when I thought the race was over going into the last lap. Then I crashed and so let´s hope for a change of luck in Barcelona which is of course a track I know so well.´

MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, James Toseland, Tech 3 Yamaha

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