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WSB Preview, Toseland Wants The Leadership - April 18th 2006

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    After a month and half of break, the SBK World Championship restarts from the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, the first of ten races which will be raced in Europe. The Winston Ten Kate Honda Team will present in Spain after the strong results obtained in the first two races of the season, which have placed James Toseland at the second position of the standing, only one point behind the leader Troy Bayliss. On the 4005 meters at the Valencia track, a insidious track that doesn't allow a minimal mistake, which present 9 left turns 5 right turns, the English rider is ready to attack the leadership. Wonderfully supported by his Honda CBR 1000 RR, which has demonstrated strong since the beginning of the season, and having already won on this track in 2004, the year he conquered the World Title, Toseland is surely between the favourites for the final victory, having fully recovered after the fall in the test in March.

    In Valencia there will be Giovanni Bussei's debut with the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team. The piedmont based rider has been chosen to substitute injured Karl Muggeridge for the Spanish race, who will be back in Monza at the beginning of May. Bussei, who will try the bike for the first time in the weekend of race, declared himself really eager to jump into this adventure and will do his best to take home a solid result.

    Ronald Ten Kate - Team manager;

    "We decided to not participate the Misano test because we needed to work on the bike and the engine in our racing department. In the pre-season test on the Valencia circuit we already obtained positive feedbacks, constantly in the top four or five positions with a race setting, therefore we preferred to concentrate on other priorities. I am sure that James will be one of the protagonists in the race while I am sorry Karl will not be with us: he has been with us for four years and it will be strange to not see him around the box. But I fully believe in Bussei, who could give us a nice surprise."

    James Toseland - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider;

    "I really believe in this race, even if I know Bayliss will be really fast like in the Test, and Corser and Haga will be as usual two strong clients. But I am really motivated and concentrated and I want to continue to conquer important results after the great start of the season I had. Bayliss only has one point of advantage and I don't have any intention to let him go away. I am sorry Karl didn't make it to race in Valencia and I wish the best of luck to my new team-mate Giovanni."

    Giovanni Bussei - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider;

    "I am really happy to be able to compete with the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team and I am aware that I will ride one of the top bikes. It will be hard because I have to get used to the race rhythm but of course I will do all I can to payback the trust has been given to me. It will be nice to be James' team-mate, even if only for one weekend, and for this I want to thank the Team and the sponsors."