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Toseland finally feels at one with M1

Toseland finally feels at one with M1

Tech 3 Yamaha´s MotoGP rookie James Toseland says he now finally feels totally comfortable with his 800cc M1 prototype for the first time.

Since his first sample of the Yamaha M1 in winter testing in Malaysia before Christmas James Toseland has been going through a learning process as his MotoGP adventure gathers pace.

Adapting to prototype Grand Prix racing machinery and learning numerous new tracks simultaneously, since joining the Tech 3 squad at the end of 2007, the 27 year-old Englishman has given an excellent account of himself thus far.

Another solid sixth place on Sunday at the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya, equalling his best MotoGP result yet again (having come home in that position on four occasions in seven races thus far), was another demonstration of his consistently solid preparation for competition at venues he has not raced at previously, though Toseland now feels ready to step things up.

Speaking to motogp.com at the conclusion of a five hour shift of Catalunya testing on Monday afternoon, having lapped fourth quickest in a session attended by the majority of the premier class grid, Toseland revealed, `Today is really the first time I have been riding the bike really comfortably. I feel as one with it now. I always felt as though I was sitting on it and battling with it, but now we are becoming friends!´

`We were doing times like Dani Pedrosa´s in the race, which is incredible, I´ve just done eight 1´42s laps in a row so I know I am making good progress.´

Now heading for his home race at Donington, followed by a trip to Assen where he has also competed previously, Toseland is in a highly optimistic frame of mind at present. `I knew that it was going to be a frustrating time with all these new tracks and with so much to learn,´ he explained. `With the disadvantage of not knowing the tracks against these guys it is tough, but now I am really upbeat. The bike is working great and it is nice to be frustrated by a sixth place now.´

`At the beginning of the season finishing in sixth place was ok, because that was all I could get from giving it my all but now I feel that I can do better than that,´ concluded the talented satellite Yamaha man.

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MotoGP, 2008, James Toseland, Tech 3 Yamaha

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