Now that the champion has been crowned, the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team hopes to be able to finish the season overall second in the world standings, courtesy of James Toseland. At the Magny Cours circuit, the English rider will have the opportunity to secure the runner-up spot, rounding out a season that always featured the Dutch team and James battling for the positions that really count. James will have to defend and extend the two-point advantage he has over Noriyuki Haga, but it is not his intention to make too many calculations. His objective is to achieve more victories. He has already taken two race wins, one in Qatar and one in Germany. It is the last chance of the season for Karl Muggeridge, on the other side of the Ten Kate garage, to step on the podium. The Australian has been riding well in the last few races and he is determined to score an important result for his team.
Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager;
"In Imola, to be honest, it didn't go as we expected. Of course, second position from James in race one was quite good, but if he didn't have that electronics problem, I think he could have finished in front of everyone. But we have to look forward. We now enter the last weekend of racing of the year and we want to get the best out of it. James is determined to finish his first season on a Honda CBR1000RR well, and to be runner-up would be a good way. Karl wasn't too far from the fastest in the Imola races, I hope he will find the good form which should help secure a positive result for him and the team."
James Toseland - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider;
"Not the luckiest weekend in Imola, but as everyone knows, luck turns around. We have to be positive; we finished both races in front of my end-of-season rival Haga, and this put me in second position in the world standings. This position is still not safe, but I will do my best to maintain it in the two Magny Cours races. I feel good and I'm looking forward to starting another weekend of racing."
Karl Muggeridge - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider;
"I really want to get on the podium before the end of the season. The past weekend wasn't too good overall; our times weren't the fastest from Friday on. We hope to start much better in Magny Cours to finish in better positions in Sunday's races. The team is ready and I'm ready."