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Toseland poor as Sepang pours

There was disappointment for James Toseland as he came 15th and last in the penultimate round of MotoGP in Malaysia yesterday.

The Ramsey resident had a nightmare in extremely wet conditions at the Sepang circuit, remaining in a distant last place for the duration of the race, after starting from the back row of the grid.

In the end he finished 34 seconds behind 14th-placed Gabor Talmacsi and almost two minutes behind race winner Casey Stoner.

Speaking afterwards Toseland said, "I wasn't too sorry when I saw the rain to be honest because it had been a tough weekend in the dry.

"We went with the base wet setting but I had the same problem in the rain that I did in the dry.

"I just didn't have any grip on the rear and in the wet the problem was on corner entry to the apex.

"So my corner speed was just way too slow to make a decent lap time, I am not out there just riding around at the back.

"I was doing my absolute best and trying my hardest but it was impossible for me to go any faster with the feeling I had.

"It has been a tough weekend but I'll look to bounce back and finish strongly in Valencia."

Meanwhile Valentino Rossi's third place was enough for him to claim the MotoGP title, his seventh in the premier class and ninth overall.

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