I think the truth of the matter
is that Toseland actually didn't do that badly in Motogp. Certainly in the first year on the Michelins he did pretty good and very much deserved to be there. Unfortunately in the second year the bike was on the Bridgestones, which are a great tyre, but different enough to the Michelins to require a rethink by the rider and a different setting of the bike. And we're not talking a few clicks of compression or a different spring weight, but different weight distribution of the the whole bike. I'm sure this information would have filtered down from above, but this did seem to upset JT, as he never seemed to be able to push the front end in the same way that others around him did.
Added to which there were internal wrangles with Colin Edwards chucking his toys out the pram because his mechanic wanted to go work with Toseland.
All this added to an indifferent result, not great, but signs of potential. Ordinarily I would like to think that JT would have been given the chance to have another year on the M1, make or break as it were. Unfortunately that couldn't happen because Bens Pies was on a meteoric rise through the ranks and Yamaha wanted him onboard.
You can't blame Spies for being good, and you can't blame Yamaha for wanting to keep hold of him. But I can't help but think that in another time, under slightly different circumstances things may have been very different. Yeah yeah I know, woulda coulda shoulda. But my point (yes there is one) is that JT does in no way deserve to be called a loser or a tosser or any of these other derogatory names. Especially by his own countrymen! It makes me ashamed to be English to see the way that some people go on.
JT's confidence has clearly taken a knock. But has he given up? no. He's still fighting. And that, if nothing else deserves respect. And judging by some off the comments on this thread I seriously doubt that some of the posters here would have that strength and depth of character.
Give the guy a break, and if you can't do that then atleast stop the silly insults