It wasn’t that long ago (2007 actually) that James Toseland was on top of the world, handily winning the 2007 World Superbike Championship on his Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR. However the British rider has had nothing but a string of bad luck since his WSBK domination, entering MotoGP in 2008 with the Tech3 Yamaha team, and then back into WSBK with the factory-backed Sterilgarda Yamaha squad in 2010. Toseland failed to impress his rookie season in MotoGP, and his second-season toss-up with Colin Edwards over their crew chief swap didn’t seem to help matters much either.

Bumped out of the squad by American Ben Spies, JT was in World Superbike this last season, where many expected to see the part-time pianist play another tarantella of victories in the series. The Yamaha R1 had been the bike to have in the 2009 season, and Toseland was after all a former WSBK Champion; but the results didn’t materialize, and JT finished the season 9th, nearly 100 points behind his rookie Teammate Cal Crutchlow, who will be in Tech3 Yamaha for the 2011 season. The last man left standing in the silly season round of musical chairs, Toseland will see his stature in WSBK further slide into oblivion as he now joins the Italian satellite BMW squad for 2011.

According to Bikesportnews, Toseland confirmed at the David Jeffries Awards Dinner that he will be riding with Ayrton Badovini on the satellite BMW squad being put together by BMW Italy (a move that has been heavily rumored). While no official announcement has been made yet, Toseland is expected to test the BMW next month.

While JT fans will be happy to see that the Brit is remaining in motorcycle racing, his fall from MotoGP, to WSBK, and now to a WSBK satellite team doesn’t bode well for Toseland. 2011 will be a make-or-break season for JT, where a strong performance could signal the turnaround for his career, or he continues his mediocre performance on the track and collapses in on himself like a dying star. As always time will tell.

Source: Bikesportnews via MotoMatters

  • 76

    “Yamaha R1 had been the bike to have in the 2009 season”
    Yes spies won on it and rode the fcking piss out of that thing… Where was the other R1??? Tom Sykes never even close, consistently running in the mid pack finishing 9th for the season. 2010 Crutchlow didnt turn things around on the R1 until mid season.

    I really dont think the R1 when Spies was on it was all that spectacular of a bike, just the rider really. The bike to have in the 2009 season was simple a 1098R

  • Nace

    “handily winning the 2007 World Superbike Championship”

    He won the championship by 2 points over Noriyuki Haga in a championship that went down to the last race of the season.

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  • Ducracerx

    you mean he barely won it over Bayliss not Haga in 2007

  • buzzmanrm

    WRONG, 07′ he won it 2 points over HAGA. Bayliss finished 4th. Look it up before you correct someone.

    and Toseland was well ahead in point going into to Magny Cours but a 6th and 7th finsh made him surrender a great deal of his lead.

  • Howard Worton

    Hopefully, for JT, he will be better suited to a more conventionally engined machine in 2011. The main trouble for him is that the competition is fierce and they are desperate to win a title. James will find it hard to be near the front but it will not be for lack of trying.

  • Jimmy Midnight

    Well the picture shown is probably more his speed, a push bike is all he can handle at this point so close to the end of his career. At least he’ll always have his lounge lizard piano act to fall back on.

  • jamesy

    Hey, thats kinda cruel. He gave us fair value back when he was hungry. But his was the best bike that year. So such is the nature of the game: whattaya done for us lately (King!!) James?? If he couldnt stay on this years bike how’s he gonna stay on the BMW??? I predict disaster.

  • Bill Smith

    Off Topic: Ben Spies is a GREAT rider (per is rookie MotoGP season) but had Ducati’s WSB team manager performed (vs. falling asleep for the second half of the season) Michel Fabrizio would have been properly constrained to insure the victory for the #1 Ducati rider — Nori Haga.