James Toseland assessing 2010 options

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James Toseland is assessing a number of opportunities for 2010 after his release from the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP squad.

The double World Superbike champion, who is expected to be replaced at Tech 3 by ’09 WSB sensation Ben Spies, is locked in on-going discussions with the Pramac Ducati squad about extending his MotoGP career.

And he’s hot property in World Superbikes too after his disappointing but not unexpected axe from Yamaha last week.

Toseland’s manager Roger Burnett is attending this weekend’s Imola WSB clash for further talks with several interested parties and he told MCN: “I have been in this job long enough to know when things don’t look good and we can’t wait around.

“I’m not doing anything at the moment that I’ve not been doing for the last three weeks and I’m just evaluating every MotoGP and World Superbike opportunity that’s out there.” Burnett though conceded that should Toseland retain his MotoGP status in 2010 that another disappointing campaign could have dire consequences for Toseland’s future career.

He added: “I believe that James has a future in MotoGP and I believe he can still be a regular top six runner. But whether we’re riding for Tech 3, Pramac or anybody else, we can’t afford to have another so-so year.

“Another so-so year puts him in a devalued area when it comes to moving back into the World Superbike championship. That’s the difficult bit.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt