US MotoGP: James Toseland 15th and furious

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British rider James Toseland was furious after he struggled to his worst qualifying result of 2009 in Laguna Seca.
Toseland could only secure 15th place on the grid after severe front-end issues with his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 left him clocking a best time of 1.23.390.
Struggling to find the confidence that helped him to a season best result only seven days ago in Assen, Toseland’s nightmare afternoon began just 15 minutes into the session when he crashed out at the final corner.
Toseland lost the front-end of his YZR-M1 and forced out on his spare bike for the rest of the session, he again encountered major handling issues from the front-end.
The 28-year-old, who has scored three top ten finishes in the last four races, said: “I’m really pissed off. The bike just feels completely different to Assen. It was a tough session and pretty obvious that we’ve got a lot of work to do. After such a good race in Assen when we made massive progress with the set-up of the bike, I just can’t get the same confident feeling I had last weekend. I wasn’t pushing too hard at the last corner when the front tucked and I was down. I was running a different setting on the front and I never really felt comfortable with it. The crash forced me to switch to the spare bike and we tried a new setting on the front and it just didn’t really work. I’m nowhere near where I expected to be and that is disappointing.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt