We have arrived safe in South Africa after a exhausting 30hr long flight. A very disappointing start of the season though for me...
I was not sure if I should miss out Jerez, after fracturing my left wrist in Aragon during testing. However we decided to give it a go, took the plaster of and got my wrist strapped and took some pain killers. I was concerned that it may influence my concentration and maybe it did have an impact, because I never crashed or made as many mistakes ever before...
On Friday and Saturday, during both free practice sessions, I crashed and then hurt my right leg also badly, I couldn't even lift it up and the bloody bruised skin looked like I was in a kick boxing fight.
So there I found myself getting ready for qualify, thanks to my mechanic, Juan and the other mechanics showing good team spirit, helping Juan to get my bike ready, not to miss the qualifying session. As Juan came running with my bike, with my Dad short on his heels with the stand & tyre warmers the riders had already left for the session.
So I went out last, but the aim was to stay on two wheels and just finish. I qualified last.
Race1, I had a neutral start, so lost much time. I caught up with Lyvann Luchel and stayed behind him for most of the race, in the last round I managed to pass him in turn 8 and finished in 19th position. Very relieved that I didn't crash despite my bike settings not being right. I spoke to Gustl and Dani about my bike running wide out of corners and they made changes for Race2.
Luckily in Race2, I had a good start and was feeling positive to make good progress, unfortunately I was closing up very quickly on Lyvann and had to slam on the brakes and tucked the front.
So my race was over and I couldn't use the opportunity to finish and give proper feedback to my mechanic for further setting to improve the handling. However I had a good honest talk about my mistakes with Gustl and I would just like to thank him for that. Also many thanks to Dani, Juan and the other mechanics for their support and hard work.
Mugello will be a different game for everybody and yet another opportunity to look forward and improve on my mistakes. All is possible if you believe in yourself! To my friend Makar, thank you for your encouraging words of support. I will not disappoint anybody in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup from Management to my fellow Rookies. Thank you to management for the 5 STAR catering we enjoyed, just showed that there is no cent unturned to give us as Rookies the best, what a honour to be part of this, I have never been so proud!
See you in Mugello!