Sepang test: James Toseland suffering after 125mph crash

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Battered and bruised British rider James Toseland bravely rode through the pain barrier in Sepang today – just 24 hours after his miraculous escape from serious injury in a 125mph high-side.

Struggling with a painful blow to his right arm and severe bruising on the inside of his left leg, Toseland didn’t take to the track until nearly midday as he underwent lengthy treatment in the Clinica Mobile.

The double World Superbike champion was in such severe pain after yesterday’s massive crash that he doubted whether he could ride today.

He spent a largely sleepless night in his Kuala Lumpur hotel and as the hours passed the pain to his injuries only worsened.

“Today has been really, really tough, “said Toseland, speaking to MCN while undergoing further treatment in the Clinica Mobile office tonight. “I’m just glad to get back out there and back on the bike and riding round after yesterday.”

Toseland’s physical problems were evident in the timesheets as he finished slowest with a best of 2.04.597 in a 36-lap stint.

His priority though today was trying to restore some of his shattered confidence after he lost control of his Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 at turn five on the first afternoon.

“I wasn’t going to push too hard today and by the end I was starting to enjoy it again. I’ve damaged a tendon on my right tricep and in one position it is fine. But any movement and it is agony.

“I just couldn’t brake hard enough and that’s what you need to do on these bikes. I needed some injections in my arm this morning because it was that painful I didn’t think I was going to ride, “said Toseland.

Toseland will undergo more treatment tomorrow morning but he does plan to ride on the third and final day.

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt