Monday, August 04, 2008

James Toseland: MotoGP is no harder than WSBK…


MotoGP, no harder than WSBK? James Toseland should know...

According to a report on Crash.net, ex-World Superbikes champ and current Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP rider James Toseland says that trying get to the top in MotoGP isn't any harder than doing so in the World Superbikes.

While Troy Bayliss, Max Biaggi, Alex Barros and Chris Vermeulen have won races in both WSBK and MotoGP, WSBK champ Colin Edwards, who’s been in MotoGP since 2003, hasn’t won a single race yet. Two-time WSBK champ, Toseland hasn’t won a MotoGP race either, but of course, this is only his first year in the series…

‘They've got different riding styles in MotoGP, and the way you overtake in MotoGP is different to Superbikes,’ says Toseland. ‘But it's no easier to try and beat Valentino Rossi or the likes in MotoGP or Troy Bayliss in World Superbikes,’ he adds.

However, Toseland does concede that one area where MotoGP differs significantly from WSBK is in the level of talent present throughout the field. ‘The depth in MotoGP is just incredible. They've got eleven world champions in MotoGP, I believe, from various different classes,’ says Toseland. The level of competition between the riders and manufacturers is just so close in MotoGP. The slightest disadvantage and you can find yourself outside of the top ten very easily.’

After eleven of 18 rounds, Toseland now stands ninth in the 2008 MotoGP world championship standings. Last year, Toseland said he hopes he can be the next Barry Sheene. However, another Brit, multi-time WSBK champ Carl Fogarty, doesn’t believe Toseland has it in him.

Can an ex-WSBK champ win races (and, perhaps, world championships…) in MotoGP? Only time – and Toseland – will tell…

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