James Toseland (born 5 October, 1980 in Doncaster , South Yorkshire), is an English motorcycle racer. Toseland is the reigning World Superbike Champion on a Ten Kate Honda, who also won the Superbike World Championship on a Ducati. Toseland is currently competing in Moto GP for the Yamaha Tech 3 team.
As well as being a motorcyclist, Toseland is also an accomplished pianist and singer who performs regularly with his band "Crash" when not at home in the Isle of Man, Toseland performed alongside Ray Stubbs for BBC's Sport Relief, as well as playing a piano set at the British sports personality of the year awards 2007.
While his mother struggled with income, Ken and James would attend Junior trials and motocross events across the UK. After his mother's relationship with Ken started breaking down in his early teens, James chose to support his depressed mother and ended his relationship with Ken after he broke up with his mother - Ken later committed suicide. Toseland kept up his piano lessons achieving Grade 6 - not enough for him to gain a place at the London College of Music.
Toseland was linked to the D'antin Ducati satellite team in MotoGP in 2006, and received an offer to ride for them in 2007. D'antin have not performed well in recent years however, and Toseland turned the offer down, not willing to make up the grid on a bike that wasn't competitive.
Toseland remained in WSBK for with Ten Kate Racing Honda, despite a firm offer from the Pramac d'Antin team to race in MotoGP. Toseland posted a first/second combination at the first meeting in Qatar , and at Philip Island. He won one race in each of the first five meetings of the year. At Assen he almost took a pair of wins but he was passed by Bayliss, losing by 0.009 seconds. Toseland won his first ever World Superbike double at Brands Hatch on August 5 giving him a 66 point lead in the championship. In the final race at Magny-Cours, he claimed the 2007 World Superbike title with a pole position, seventh position in Race 1, and a sixth place in Race 2, to leave him 2 points ahead of Japan's Noriyuki Haga.
Toseland was again linked with the Pramac d'Antin MotoGP team, although rumours had also abounded of a ride with a Honda outfit, and even of Ten Kate Racing making the step up to the premier class and taking Toseland with them. But eventually Toseland confirmed a move to MotoGP for 2008 on 1 August 2007 when he announced that he had signed a one-year contract with factory supported Yamaha team Tech 3. For 2008 Tech 3 switched from Dunlop to Michelin tyres it was also confirmed that Toseland's teammate would be Colin Edwards. Toseland has signed a deal with British leather company BKS to supply him with suits whilst competing in the 2008 MotoGP world championship.
Facing eight unknown tracks, Toseland had reason to expect a tough season , but he was immediately more competitve than expected. He qualified in second place and finished sixth in the opening race in Qatar on the 9th March 2008.
He then qualified in 8th place and finished sixth in Jerez on the 30th March despite suffering from bronchitis.
Toseland has shrugged off criticism from fellow MotoGP riders about his aggressive riding style. Chris Vermeulen and world champion Casey Stoner have both been vocal in their displeasure of Toseland's aggressive overtaking moves. James has downplayed the talk and stated that his moves are "hard but fair", and that it is his job to overtake his rivals when he has the chance to do so.
Before the British Moto Gp round at Donington Park, Toseland said that if he was to be the first Briton to win in 27 years at the top level that he would strip naked on the ride back to the pits. However, he crashed in the first corner of the race, but picked his bike up to finish in 17th place, his worst finish of the season to that point, over a lap behind the winner Casey Stoner.
Toseland struggled through the middle part of the season for top 10 finishes, achieving two 9th places in Holland & the United States. One of James's better showings was at Brno where he finished 13th, ahead of his team mate Colin Edwards. Amidst Bridgestone dominance he was the third-highest finisher on Michelin tires, the first being Andrea Dovizioso placed in 9th. At Phillip Island he ran 3rd for a while but ultimately faded to 6th after frantic battles with the works Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, plus Dovizioso and Shinya Nakano.
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|Year||Series||Poles||Races||Podiums||Wins||2nd place||3rd place||Fast Laps||Titles|
|All Time||Moto GP||0||16||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|All Time||Superbike (SBK)||4||166||57||16||24||17||2||2|
|All Time||Supersport (SSP)||0||17||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Year||Series||Bike||Poles||Races||Podiums||Wins||2nd place||3rd place||Fast Laps||Position|
|2008||Moto GP||Yamaha M1||0||13||0||0||0||0||0||11th (100 Points)In Progress|
|2005||SBK||Ducati 999 F05||0||23||7||1||2||4||0||4th|
|2004||SBK||Ducati 999 F04||0||22||14||3||9||2||0||1st|
|2003||SBK||Ducati 998 F02||1||24||9||1||3||5||0||3rd|
|2002||SBK||Ducati 998 F01||0||26||1||0||0||1||0||7th|
|2001||SBK||Ducati 996 RS/00||0||24||0||0||0||0||0||13th|
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