Crutchlow and Toseland make mediocre 2010 start

Yamaha World Superbike team duo crash out of Race One

THE STERILGARDA YAMAHA WSB squad didn't make the most impressive start to the 2010 World Superbike season at Phillip Island. 

Reigning World Supersport champion Cal Crutchlow and MotoGP refugee James Toseland crashed out of Race One, denying both riders a decent start to their 2010 campaign. The pair finished 9th and 10th in Race Two - technical difficulties ranging from suspension troubles and lack of grip were attributed to their performances.

Cal Crutchlow (DNF, 9th)

“Race one was unfortunate, I felt we had good pace and were running up in the top five quite comfortably, I just made a little mistake. I was a bit better than Rea into the hairpin so had to run wide to avoid him and lost the front on the dirt. The second race was hard, I felt like I had no grip from the start and still some chattering. If we had better grip we could have pulled more out of it. We need to go back to the drawing board and work some stuff out.”

James Toseland (DNF, 10th)

“I really needed to finish the second race after the crash in the first. To only finish 14 seconds from the front with the issues we’ve had this weekend is not so bad. I was really disappointed with the first race, with my injury on Friday I wanted to have two good finishes today. Full credit to the team they’ve tried so hard but unfortunately we haven’t had the software here to solve the issue. We know what the problem is and I’ve given enough feedback and input to give the guys a direction to go in. We’ve got a lot of work to do, no doubt, but even with all the problems we’re not actually that far away. The package, the power, the balance and the suspension have come on leaps and bounds. On to Portimao now, it’s a long season so we can do it.”