James Toseland hails fans support

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James Toseland has thanked his army of British fans for their support after his latest massive pre-season MotoGP crash in Jerez last weekend.

The 28-year-old is recovering at his Isle of Man home after he suffered a broken fifth metatarsal and concussion in a spectacular crash during Sunday’s televised 45-minute BMW shootout.

It was the second big crash for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider in less than two months after a 125mph high-side in Sepang, but he has issued a special message of thanks to British fans.

British fans turned out in big numbers again last weekend at the Jerez test session, while he’s received hundreds of messages of support from fans up and down the UK.

Speaking on his personal website, the double World Superbike champion said: “There’s no doubt that the recent testing programme has been tough.

“I’m still working hard to understand the limit of the new tyres. However, I have been extremely lucky to escape serious injury at both Sepang and Jerez.

“For that reason, I must thank my leathers company BKS because it is down to them that I’ll be lining up on the grid for the first race of the season in Qatar.

“As we all know, the race is where results really count and I am completely focused on achieving success in my second year in MotoGP.

“I’m extremely lucky to have such a loyal fan base and I want to succeed for you as much as for myself. So, thank you for all of the support that I’ve received so far.

“I appreciate it and am working hard to prove myself at the top tier of motorcycling.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt