TOSELAND TARGETS HOME PODIUM

2004 World Superbike champion, James Toseland, will race in front of his home fans for the first time as a Ten Kate Honda rider this weekend at Silverstone.

Toseland took an emotional race win for Ducati at the famous British racetrack one year ago – and aims to be challenging for podium honours again this weekend. However, the Honda riders have struggled badly with traction problems at twisty circuits such at Valencia and the worry is that the ‘short’ Silverstone layout used by WSBK will again highlight the CBR1000RR’s deficiencies.

“We’ve arrived here after two difficult races and Silverstone comes at the right time,” said Toseland, who won the season-opening race at Qatar and is currently third in the Corona Extra championship standings. “I believe that the team will come up with the goods and I will come up with the goods. It’s nice to race in Britain and we are fortunate that two of the biggest and most popular races of all are in the UK – Silverstone and Brands.

“I’m sure there will be a great turnout at Silverstone and we need great results to get the championship back. Last year I finished third and then first and I’m convinced that I can step onto the podium in both races. Of course Corser and Bayliss will not give up easily but I am ready and I want another victory,” he added.

 

Team-mate Karl Muggeridge arrives for round five having largely recovered from a recent spinal injury – but admits he’s expecting the Fireblade to struggle this weekend.

“I feel pretty good now,” said Muggeridge. “My back injury is much better and there is nothing I can’t do with it. Getting some more hours on the bike will help a lot, because it’s hard to simulate that during training. When I first got injured the doctors’ opinions ranged from three months to six months recovery time, so we’re ahead of that already. I’m maybe not 100% yet, because I want to be even fitter than I was before. I want to move the bar a bit. The short Silverstone will maybe be one of the hardest tracks for us this year. It’s just the way things are at the moment, for our particular bikes.”

“Monza, and especially Valencia, didn’t give the results we expected after the sensational beginning to the season. We are now happy to race on a track where James will definitely find extra motivation because of his home crowd and also Karl, who has trained a lot, will do everything possible to be fully competitive,” said team manager Ronald Ten Kate. “Our objective is to score podium finishes and we are convinced that with the technical package at our disposal our riders can reach these goals.”

 

 

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