We like motorcycle racers, particularly when they’re able to combine being nice people away from the track with being determined and borderline nuts on it.
That’s why we’re a little sad at the news that #52 James Toseland has decided to retire from racing due to the wrist injury he sustained in a testing crash at the start of the year. You can read the full ‘A letter to my fans‘ on the official James Toseland website. Not only has JT achieved two World Superbike championships, along with a good debut year in MotoGP, but he’s also a talented musician who regular performs for charity with his band, Crash.
Perhaps more importantly, he’ll also be the teenage hopeful we saw in the paddock waiting to go out and win the CB500 Cup, and the two-time champion who may allegedly have ended up knackering the tyre on a fan’s bike in a post-gig celebration.
We’ll also treasure the memory of moments like these…
And just for the record, seeing as he’s far more atheletic and harder than we are, we should point out that the above occurred after a good victory in the 1997 Supersport series at Brands Hatch, and while he was out there winning the race, those of us who attended were sat with cans of lager at Druids.