James Toseland has been a top rider in WSB for several years. He won the WSB championship in 2004 and finished second in the championship last year to Troy Bayliss. By all accounts, Toseland is riding better than ever this year aboard his Honda CBR1000RR-based Ten Kate superbike.
In the four races so far (two rounds), Toseland has two first place finishes and two second place finishes. He leads the championship by sixteen points over Max Biaggi. Perhaps most impressive, he battled Troy Bayliss tooth-and-nail during both races at Bayliss’ home track in Australia a couple of weeks ago, finishing first and second in the two races. Bayliss had high praise for Toseland’s riding after that round.
With the Ten Kate team behind him, and their seemingly unmatched ability to tune Honda race bikes, Toseland just might eclipse Bayliss as the man to beat throughout the remainder of the WSB series.
At just 26 years of age, Toseland may be destined for more than just another WSB championship. His future may be in MotoGP.