James Toesland will miss at least the next two rounds of World Superbike racing, with continued complications from an injury he sustained in mid-March. The British rider was testing at Motorland Aragon for BMW Motorrad Italia when he crashed, landing on his head and right wrist. It has been a saga of recovery for the former champion, with Spanish doctors originally clearing him to race.
However, Toseland soon found that he had displaced bones cutting off the blood flow to his hand and underwent surgery to insert wires in his wrist. He missed both rounds at Donington Park and Assen and did not race at Monza, though he did participate in practice sessions. Now, Toseland will also miss Misano this weekend and the round at Aragon June 19. “I’m determined to make a come back in Brno,” said Toseland.
He explained on Wednesday, “Just been to see the doctor today as my wrist started to hurt again after Salt Lake. I’ve been told not to race for the next four weeks – gutted is an understatement.” There is no word yet on a replacement for Toseland at the missed races, though Barry Veneman filled in for him at Assen in a rather unspectacular manner.
With Toseland out for at least two more rounds, only rookie Ayrton Badovini remains as a regular rider for the BMW satellite team. He is currently twelfth in the points standings, 144 points behind leader Carlos Checa and 44 points behind highest-ranked factory BMW rider Leon Haslam.