2011 World Superbike
Following a crash during private testing in Assen last month, BMW Motorrad Italia’s James Toseland injured his wrist, having surgical pins installed.
This week, the Brit had those pins removed, and is hoping to return to the 2011 World Superbike Championship aboard the BMW S1000RR in Monza, Italy, May 8.
Toseland’s first thoughts after surgery on his throttle/brake hand? Hopes for a quick return to action.
James Toseland (BMW Motorrad Italia) says: “Everything has gone well and it took only just over an hour to get all the pins out. The doctor was really pleasantly surprised how fast the scar tissue on the ligaments has grown, really fast.
“He said everything is in position with my hand now and he manipulated it quite a lot to check. Now it is a case of getting strength and movement back because obviously it is really stiff. It is a case now of seeing how goes between now and next Thursday. I have physio booked every day with Isla Scott on the Isle of Man, and hyperbaric treatment, so I will do everything I can to try and make it strong enough and have enough movement to race at Monza.
“But if not Monza, then at Miller I should hopefully be fully fit again. I am going to play it day by day, but everything is in place and ready to rock and roll so I can be back racing when it is up to strength.”
After crashing during the private test, Toseland’s injuries initially appeared as a huge threat to his career in motorcycle racing. But after surgery, things looked much better.
James Toseland says: “I should get full strength and if not full movement then at least full use out of it to do my job. My surgeon Mike Hayton has definitely saved my career.”
If he returns at Monza, Toseland will encounter many challenges due to the track’s tricky layout.
James Toseland says: “The right hand movement is so critical in racing as you have to pull the throttle back and also close it back fast enough to engage the brake for Monza at such high speed,” explained Toseland. “I know what all the forces entail because I have ridden Monza for a long time now, so I know what strength I need. I am certainly nowhere near that now, but day-by-day it will get better and better and by next Thursday I will see what it feels like.”
Toseland was injured during a private two-day World Superbike at Motorland Aragon in March. Toseland high-sided his S1000RR, fracturing his wrist, the week after the season-opener in Australia.
After the crash, which occurred on Turn 10, Toseland remained still on the track due to violently hitting the pavement, landing on his head and right wrist.
Following the Superbike crash, Toseland visited a specialist in a Manchester hospital where they performed some work on his fractured wrist from the World Superbike test crash.
During the opening round of 2011 WSBK at Phillip Island, Toseland finished 17th in Race 1 and 14th in Race 2 in Australia. Toseland then missed Donington and Assen; he currently has two points.