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James Toseland commemorative signed cover 19 February 2008

A special commemorative cover has been unveiled by Isle of Man Post Office to celebrate the achievement of world class rider and Isle of Man resident James Toseland clinching the World Superbike Championship for a second time. There are only 500 in this special limited edition and all are individually signed by James.

Throughout 2007 James led the championship from start to finish, securing eight wins and 14 podiums from 16 row starts. Despite difficult races at Vallelunga and Lausitz, the now 27-year-old secured his second World Superbike Championship title at the final round of the series at Magny-Cours.

The commemorative cover went on sale yesterday (February 18) to coincide with the start of the 2008 racing season and is expected to be popular with James’ fans everywhere.

Dot Tilbury, Philatelic Bureau Manager, Isle of Man Post Office said:

“James is without doubt one of the hottest properties in motor sport and we salute his WSB 2007 championship which has put him at the elite level of bike racing for his generation. The Isle of Man is synonymous with bike racing and we are honoured to celebrate his world class achievements in this way.”

James’ successful racing career started at the tender age of 14 in 125cc racing and began working his way up the ranks into the British Supersport and European Championships. However, it was in 1998 when he was 16 that he was given his big break – a ride with Castrol Honda in the World Supersport series.

Never one to turn down a challenge, over the new two seasons Toseland finished 18th and 11th overall before returning to Britain to ride in the 2000 British Superbike Championship. Despite missing almost half the season through injury, the Yorkshireman finished 12th and was quickly snapped-up by GSE Racing for its World Superbike campaign. An impressive 13th place in the 2001 series, including sixth at Brands Hatch, was enough to confirm the rider as a clear World Superbike contender.

Since then, Toseland has emerged as a world-class rider. In only his second year in the World Superbike series in 2002, he was a regular top six finisher and scored his first-ever podium finish at Assen. In 2003, he ended fellow Brit and Isle of Man resident Neil Hodgson’s winning streak with an impressive victory at Oschersleben and earned his first pole position in the final round at Magny-Cours.

An extraordinary 2004 season with Ducati followed, with Toseland making the history books as the youngest ever World Superbike Champion at 23 years old. Despite a relatively tough 2005 season, Toseland bounced back in 2006 to take second position overall.

2008 will take Toseland’s career to a new level when he begins his first season in the world’s premier motorcycle racing championship, MotoGP, with the Tech-3 Yamaha team.

The commemorative signed cover is £20 and available to order by calling the Philatelic Bureau on (01624) 698430 or online at www.iompost.com

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