The news may be a few days' old, but it is worth noting nonetheless: James Toseland has announced that he is to retire from racing motorcycles altogether. In a statement on his official website, Toseland told his fans that the wrist injury he had sustained while testing at Aragon back in March had not healed as he had hoped, and the fall at the last round of World Superbikes at the Nurburgring had exacerbated the injury, meaning it was no longer safe for him to continue racing. As a result, he had been reluctantly forced to admit defeat and retire from professional motorcycle racing.
The decision is a wise but sad end to a checkered career, which saw the Yorkshireman win two World Superbike titles, becoming the youngest World Superbike champion ever in 2004 at the age of 23 aboard a factory Ducati, then repeating the feat in 2007 riding a Ten Kate Honda. Toseland's early career saw him racing 125s as a youngster, before moving up to the World Supersport class at just 17 years of age. Toseland switched back to the British Superbike series a couple of years' later, before returning to the world stage with the GSE Racing team. Several years as a WSBK front runner followed, culminating in his two WSBK titles.