Published on 02 Apr 2009 by Toni M.
In these last months James Toseland has kept a very low profile and refused to talk about the crew chief swap that led teammate Colin Edwards to make certain public statements and request that a wall be put up between the two garages and that was erected during the IRTA test in Jerez.
Toseland has finally broke the silence in this interview with the BBC Sport:
“It didn’t have to happen like this and I can imagine why he feels the way he does. We just need to sit in a room and talk about the situation, but he’s got a wall in the garage like he wanted.”
“I had a communication problem with the engineer and thought another year of that and I could find myself without a GP ride. I’ve no problem with his ability as an engineer - it was about communication. He didn’t speak English that well and with my Yorkshire slang, I think that made things difficult too,” said Toseland.
“I needed someone experienced who understood me to help me get where I wanted and to punch my weight. “The only problem was that there was no communication going back to Colin, so all of a sudden he’s told by Garry.
“In all the press you can see how it looks - we’re not talking to each other.
“In the team, I can’t say ‘I want that to change’ - that’s what it’s looked like to people reading it.
“I’ve got a slating off a lot of people and I’ve taken it all on the chin. It’s a playground stuff now and it didn’t need to get to this.”