Indy MotoGP: James Toseland in dark over future

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James Toseland has told MCN in Indianapolis today that he is still waiting for news on whether he will be retained by the Tech 3 Yamaha squad in 2010. Toseland’s future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks with the 28-year-old fighting for his MotoGP future after a series of inconsistent performances in 2009. Several riders including Randy de Puniet, Chris Vermeulen and Toni Elias have all been linked with a coveted YZR-M1 at Tech 3. But Toseland remains in a strong position, with Dorna understood to be keen to keep Toseland in MotoGP for the all-important British market. Toseland, who has also been linked with a return to World Superbikes, told MCN: “Every weekend is important but this is even more so now with (Jorge) Lorenzo sorting out his contract at Yamaha. That means now that Tech is going to be making final plans and thinking about next year, but I honestly don’t know at the moment. I’m not sure what the decision is but I know Yamaha US is pushing really hard and it’s great to have that support behind me too. Everybody seems quite keen in continuing next year, but until Herve Poncharal and the Japanese at Yamaha actually sit me down, I really don’t know.” Toseland did his chances of remaining in MotoGP for a third season no harm at all in Indianapolis today when he claimed a brilliant sixth place in a rain-lashed opening practice session. Toseland was constantly in the top four throughout until late attacks by Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden bumped him down to sixth in the closing seconds. He said: “I’m really happy with that session and it was definitely the positive way I wanted to start the weekend. For most of the session I was running in the top four or higher once I’d built up my confidence after the first few laps. I went with a wet setting that was a bit softer than usual and it worked really well and gave me a lot of confidence with the front-end. I could really push in the places where you could make up a bit of time and that helped me a lot. This track is really strange in the wet with the different sections of tarmac. Some places it can seem really dangerous with a lot of standing water and in another part the grip is phenomenal and it feels so good you can almost push like you’re riding in the dry. At times it almost feels like you are going from a wet to a dry track.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt