WSBK – What future for Toseland? –

What future for Toseland ?

WSBK - What future for Toseland? -

The youngest Superbike world champion is the darling of the public and the English press: leader of the Superbike world championship ahead of the Japanese Haga, Toseland is promised a future that is announced to be both bright… and in MotoGP !

Despite his disappointment at Silverstone in front of his audience (read), James Toseland embodies the young generation from Superbike like Chris Vermeulen, winner of the last French Grand Prix just a week ago (read).

James Toseland would see himself keeping a handlebar at Honda, but just like Vermeulen two years ago, the doors are difficult to open … We are talking about the Gresini track first. To replace Elias or Melandri? Nothing is less certain, especially as Toseland manager Roger Burnett confirms that he has not yet had any connection with the GP team..

Second track: the Ten Kate branch … Ronald Ten Kate, James’ current team manager, makes no secret of his desire to set up a Grand Prix structure with Honda. A meeting with HRC officials also took place in Jerez, during the second Grand Prix of the season. But Honda has made it clear to everyone that there won’t be more than six bikes (like this year) next season in MotoGP. So, no question of creating a new team with two additional machines…

In the event of the arrival of Ten Kate, the Dutch structure should therefore replace another. And we are talking about the recurring financial difficulties of Luccio Cecchinello, who would no longer even manage to pay his driver Carlos Checa…

Ten Kate has in his pocket a powerful sponsor with HANNspree, also present in MotoGP at Honda Gresini. Everything remains possible on this side. From there to knowing if James will be one of the two Ten Kate riders in MotoGP, there is still a step. Because Ten Kate will need experienced GP drivers to mark its territory with the world‘s leading manufacturer.

Moreover, we know that Ducati has already given the English rider a glance at the end of 2006 so that he can integrate the D’Antin structure. D’Antin’s poor performance in 2005 and 2006 convinced Toseland to decline the offer. It is, it is true, only the satellite team of Ducati. And given the results of the structure at the start of the 2007 season, especially with Barros, the young Toseland would certainly be wise to think twice. We do not forever refuse a handlebars in MotoGP…

A. LAFFUT – Photos DR

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