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Toseland to perform at Laguna Seca

MotoGP racer to tickle the ivories with his band Crash

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 17, 2008
James Toseland is known for his skill on the race track, but he’ll show his musical talent at next month’s US Grand Prix.

The Tech 3 Yamaha racer will trade in his YZR-M1 seat for a piano stool when he takes the stage with his band Crash as part of the ‘Yamaha Weekend of Champions’ festivities on July 19 during the MotoGP’s Stateside stop at Laguna Seca. Toseland sings vocals and plays piano in the band alongside singer/guitarist Paul Grant-Reason, guitarist/bassist/vocalist Warren Odell and drummer Gavin Hall.

The 2007 World Superbike champion currently sits fifth in the standings in his first MotoGP season.When not racing for Tech 3 Yamaha, James Toseland sings vocals and plays piano for his band Crash.

As the official motorcycle sponsor for the Red Bull US Grand Prix at the Monterey, Calif. track, Yamaha will put on a strong showing throughout the weekend. Fans will have a chance to meet MotoGP legends such as former champions and rivals Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson, who combined split seven championships during the mid ’80s and early ’90s.

“Racing remains the lifeblood of our company,” says Bob Starr, general manager of national communications, “and this event each year allows us to focus on our racing heritage and its importance to each and every one of us at Yamaha.”

Yamaha also helped fund improvements to the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to meet MotoGP regulations when the circuit returned to the series tour in 2005.