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Toseland thanks fans after one of his biggest career disappointments

Toseland thanks fans after one of his biggest career disappointments

James Toseland described his crash and seventeenth place at Donington Park as `one of the biggest disappointments of my career.´

He may have not been able to give them the podium the fairytale finish that they had craved at Donington, but British fans still have every reason to be proud of Tech3 Yamaha's James Toseland. The MotoGP rookie's race was all but ended after a first corner crash, but he wasn't about to let his army of supporters go home without seeing him cross the line.

Teammate Colin Edwards, meanwhile, was in contrast slightly disappointed despite taking fourth place. The demanding Texan saw no real difference between himself and the top three, something that he will attempt to prove on Saturday in Assen.

James Toseland - Second

`It is hard to explain just how disappointed how I am. I really wanted to get a good result for my home crowd but it was always going to be difficult after the problems of yesterday. Starting from 16th was always going to be tough but I decided to attack from the start. I made a good start and passed a few people and didn't think I was too fast into the first corner but the rear end came round and I was down. I could have just cruised back to the pits but a lot of people had come to see me ride. I was hurting because I hit my head pretty hard and I smacked my right hand down on the tarmac. And the right footpeg had snapped off, but I soldiered on because I wanted to get to that chequered flag more than anything. I was going to finish for all those fans, who have been unbelievable supporting me since I arrived here. I will bounce back from this but it has got to be one of the biggest disappointments of my career. It is not in my nature to give up and I didn't today, and I know my turn will come. I am obviously disappointed, but I have to congratulate Scott Redding. He did an amazing job and it was great for the British fans to see him do that.´

Colin Edwards - Fourth

`I´m a bit cross even though fourth is still a good result. In the dry on Friday it was so good and I was really happy with everything. But with the rain yesterday I got thrown a bit. The geometry of the bike is quite a bit different and the weight bias quite a bit different compared to last year. So riding in the rain threw me a bit today when it was dry. Even this morning I went out and I came in and I started complaining about all these problems with the front end, yet it was exactly the same bike that I had on Friday. I got out in the race and in the first few laps I was struggling. I was riding hard but I couldn´t get into the low 29s like I was doing on a tyre that had done 24 laps on Friday. And then it kind of clicked what I needed to do but it took too long to adjust. I kept letting the front pop up and kept running wide and running wide and then I figured it out. Now you have to brake a lot deeper, harder and longer on this year´s bike with the geometry and I just got my head around it too late. Once I did that I got into the low 29s and started moving through the field. As far as lap times there was not much between me, Valentino, Dani and Casey. I kept seeing them at the same spot on the track and they weren´t pulling away. If anything I was gaining a little bit on them. I might have fought with them had I come through a bit quicker but we still did a fantastic job this weekend. The team and Michelin did a great job and I just wish I could run the race again.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, bwin.com BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Colin Edwards, James Toseland, Tech 3 Yamaha

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