MotoGP: Electronics key for James Toseland says Jerry Burgess

Published: 30 December 2007

Adapting to the advanced electronic systems on the 800cc MotoGP bikes will be critical for British star James Toseland in his rookie premier class campaign in 2008.

Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess believes James Toseland has got the credentials to make an impact in his debut MotoGP season, but reckons mastering the electronics package for his own style will be crucial for the 27-year-old.

Talking about James Toseland’s prospects for 2008 to MCN, the Aussie said: “If there is one grey area on the Yamaha it is the last one or two tenths seem to be very hard to get.

“Our bike does everything generally very well. If we go back ten years to how motorcycles used to work we have got a very good engine and chassis and to ride the bike I think he will find it very comfortable and quite within his realm.

“The key thing now is to actually set that electronic system for yourself to work well for you throughout the duration of a race.

“To drop a tenth every lap because you don’t quite have the right electronic setting is going to cost you quite dearly in the race.

“But as for making a lap time all the guys are very fast, there is no doubt about that.”