As the season enters its second half, James Toseland’s return to World Superbike must be viewed upon as positive. The Yamaha Sterilgarda rider has so far been on the podium four times in 14 races, with his best results being two runner-up slots at Assen and Monza in the first part of the season.
So far however the 30 year-old ‘Piano Man’ from Doncaster has yet to take a win so this coming weekend he will be aiming to do just that at the Misano Adriatico circuit. Toseland had a chat with World SBK during last week’s testing session at the Adriatic circuit.
Could Misano be the right round for your first victory in 2010?
“After the test I’m quietly confident that we’ve got a package that can compete at the front. Misano is known for being a Ducati track, the fastest Ducati is 36.2 which we’ve done today. It’s going to be a tough race but we’re definitely competitive here.”
What is your goal for the 2010 season?
“We have a massive possibility of finishing top three which would be great after the knocks and bumps so far this year. I’m going to keep on pushing to do the best we can and close the gap to the front.”
What are the strong points of your Yamaha and what could be improved?
“The bike is very stable on the brakes, top speed is pretty good. To improve we need consistency over race time and life tyre could be better, while the off corner acceleration compared to Aprilia could be improved.”