Toseland and Crash to perform at USGP

MotoGP racer a classically trained pianist

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 10, 2009
Monster Tech 3 Yamaha racer James Toseland and his band Crash will perform at Laguna Seca July 4 after the qualifying session for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

On top of being a MotoGP racer and two-time World Superbike champion, Toseland is a classically trained pianist. After the MotoGP qualifying session, Toseland will trade in his Yamaha M1 for a Yamaha keyboard for a free concert at the Yamaha Marketplace. Crash also performed at the 2008 USGP.

“This free concert is an integral part of our continuing effort to give back to the fans who support the sport,” says Bob Starr, Yamaha’s General Manager of National Communications, “and the fact that James will be ‘piloting’ two extremes of Yamaha products is just fantastic for the Yamaha brand.”

James Toseland is currently 11th in the championship standings.

Toseland formed Crash with singer/guitarist Paul Grant-Reason in 2002. They are joined by Gavin Hall on the drums and Warren Odell on the bass guitar. The band describes its music as “an eclectic mix of rock, pop and crowd favorites”. Crash performs covers of songs such as the Police’s “Message in a Bottle”, Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” and Green Day’s “Basket Case”. Samples of Crash’s music are available on the band’s website,