I have stepped up training a heck of a lot from what I was used to, its well out of my comfort zone, so far at times it has made me physically sick and nearly passing out but as the saying goes 'No Pain, No Gain'.
Paul has got me a Personal Trainer, to get me up to speed with where I need to be, so a big thanks to Paul for looking after me with that and Steve from Elite Fitness in Penrith for the training. If I'm not ready for this now then I'll never be ready.
Where do you think can improve from your point of view?
I think where I need to improve is to be more relaxed and not try pushing so hard during the race. At the last race of last year at Brands Hatch on the Superstock bike, I was really relaxed even though at one point I was as far back as seventh. I didn't panic, I just let the race come to me and when it was needed, I banged in some good laps and put in clean passes in the last two laps to win the race.
You are racing for an incredibly successful team – you seem pretty relaxed with Paul Bird Motorsport. Has the team boss, Paul Bird, been helping you to mature within the team and on the track?
Yes definitely. Paul has made me from a rider with a little bit of talent, into a mature rider who thinks about the race and stays calm now, instead of a rider who went into the race all guns blazing and wanted to win every lap. The only lap you need to lead is the last one to see the chequered flag first.
Paul looks after me like a son, to be honest, as it's as much his interest for me to do well as it is mine.
And as you say, Shakey can pass on some of his experience...
Yes Shakey will definitely help me out no matter what. He knows I'm a rookie and not going to be threatening him unless it's wet, so I am greatly appreciative of the help he'll give me, as last year he taught me a lot from what information he was telling me.
by Dexter Fielding