BIKE racer James Toseland is being lined up for a potential return to Moto GP, albeit a temporary one.
After Valentino Rossi’s horror crash in Mugello, Toseland is on a shortlist to take the ride of the six-times Moto GP Champion at the British Grand Prix
The Kiveton rider, currently riding in World Superbikes, said: "If Yamaha offered me Valentino’s ride for Silverstone, I’d put my leathers on now. I’d absolutely love to do it.
“I’d love to race in front of the home fans. It would be great for them, Silverstone and Moto GP. To race there on the best bike is all I’ve ever wanted”.
Although Toseland would jump at the chance to replace Rossi, it would require special permision from the World Superbike organisers and it is unlikely that he will be able to ride at Silverstone for a second time because it would give him an unfair advantage of what is a new track on both calendars.
The current favourite to replace Rossi is Tech 3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwards, with WSB rival Cal Crutchlow also in with a shout. Yamaha are still deliberating.
Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis has stated that "neither Toseland nor Crutchlow have entered into my considerations.”