JAMES Toseland has targeted this weekend’s World Superbike race in Assen as the one when he intends returning to the top of the podium.
Double champion Toseland has a strong winning record around the Dutch track and his hopes are high following the last round in Valencia a fortnight ago,when he put a run of ill-fortune and off-colour showings behind him to storm through the field from ninth on the starting grid to the bottom step of the rostrum in the opening encounter. It finally displayed glimpses of the form that earned him the laurels in both 2004 and 2007 as he took the chequered flag barely three-and-a-half seconds shy of race-winner and championship leader Leon Haslam.
Allied to good points for seventh place later in the day in the second outing, the premier class refugee has now hauled himself up from outside of the top ten to equal sixth in the riders' standings—and he is growing in confidence and optimism with every race.
He said: “I've always loved racing at Assen. I've had some good results and always gone well there. I've won on the Ducati and on the Honda, so it would be great to get a win on the Yamaha as well.