The first weekend of his return to SBK racing was a tough one for double champion James Toseland (Sterilgarda Yamaha).
He picked up a fracture in his left hand after a crash in qualifying at Phillip Island and only scored points in the second leg, after falling hard in race one. Toseland has shown on many occasions he is made of tough stuff, and is making a rapid recovery to be 100% fit at the next round, on March 28. James Toseland Speaks… "I damaged it a bit more than I thought I did, and with all the anaesthetic I had on it over the race weekend and in the race itself I couldn’t really feel what I had done to it. Without the anaesthetic I would not have been able to ride," said James. "There was a fine crack in the third metacarpal bone of my hand, so it has taken a bit longer than I thought," said Toseland. "But it is getting better and it will be fine for Portugal anyway; no problem."
Toseland was SBK champion in 2004 and 2007, and has 16 career wins.