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James Toseland - GBR - 2005 Rider Profile
 
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Toseland Profile

Team facts;

Xeroc Ducati
  • Ducati Corse riders have won the title 7 times out of the last 11 seasons
  • The team are fully backed by the Ducati factory, providing significant innovation & technology investment
  • Based in Bologna, Italy
  • In 2004 the team achieved - 6 pole positions, 10 victories, 12 second places and 6 third places (from 11 events, 22 races)
  • James Toseland

    James Toseland caused a few eyebrows to be raised in 2004 when he became the youngest-ever winner of the World Superbike championship. Following in the footsteps of Carl 'The King' Fogarty and fellow Brit, Neil Hodgson, the 24 year-old from Sheffield put together an extraordinary final part of the season, with two wins and three seconds in the last six races, to lift the title in the final round at Magny-Cours.

    Despite his relative youth, Britain's rising Superbike star has more racing experience than many riders more advanced in age and with his victory in France, became the third rider to step up from the GSE Ducati 'satellite' team to the factory Ducati squad, following former WSBK champions Troy Bayliss and 2003 winner Neil Hodgson.

    Early competition in trials and motocross brought an impressive haul of trophies and awards before James set his sights on a career in road racing. He quickly worked his way up through the ranks of 125cc racing and into Supersport, winning the CB500 Cup on the way. His first season in British Supersport, at the age of 16, resulted in a third place overall.

    In 1998 James was chosen by Castrol Honda to ride the CBR600 in the World Supersport Championship. Never one to turn down a challenge, in the next two seasons James finished 18th and 11th overall before returning to Britain to ride in the 2000 British Superbike Championship. Despite missing almost half the season through injury, James finished 12th overall and was snapped up by GSE Racing for their World Superbike campaign. An impressive thirteenth place in the 2001 championship, including sixth at Brands Hatch, was enough to confirm the rider as a permanent fixture on the WSBK grid.

    James Toseland has really emerged as a rider over the past two seasons. In just his second year in WSBK in 2002, he became a regular top six finisher and scored his first-ever podium finish at Assen, while in 2003 he ended Hodgson's winning streak with an impressive win at Oschersleben and then earned his first pole position in the final round at Magny-Cours. After his extraordinary 2004 season, James Toseland is now more determined than ever to hold onto the #1 plate that adorns his Xerox Ducati 999F05.

  • Nationality: British Born, October 5, 1980 - Sheffield (UK)
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Height: 1.75 m
  • Weight: 75 kg
  • Hobbies: Playing the piano, training
  • 2004 World Superbike champion (336 points, 3 race victories, 14 podiums)
  • 24 years old
  • 5th season in Superbikes
  • 2nd season with Ducati Corse