I am back in South Africa after the Jerez test and it was a very exciting week. It was great to see all the team members and fellow rookies again, as well as to meet all the new riders.
Walking the track with the team before starting riding
This test had its highs and lows, but I think that I learnt a lot from this test and know what I have to work on for the first race in a few weeks time.
My overall feeling with the bike is a lot better than last year and I tried hard at the test to understand the bike and to get a good setup. I think the setup we have after the test is a lot better than last year and at least we would not have to make big setup changes on the bike at the first race, which is good because we only have 2 practice sessions before we have qualifying.
Day 1 was a positive day for me, although I had a small crash in FP2. Day 2 was very challenging for me and I struggled to make progress. After a nice rest day on Thursday, I was excited to get back on the bike and to try and improve on the last day, but unfortunately it rained on the last day and we did not get another dry session.
I would have liked to improve more in the dry conditions, but this is part of racing and we cannot always have it our way. We got some important wet practice sessions on the last day, which I also needed because I do not have a lot of experience in these conditions and no experience in these conditions with the rookies bike. I battled a little bit at the start, but I started improving and felt a lot more confident at the end of the day, which is good.
I still have a lot of work to do and I have to improve a lot before the first race, but I am sure I can still improve and have a great start to the season at Jerez.
I will be training hard the next couple of weeks and make sure I am 100% ready for the first race!
See you in Jerez!