Hi everyone!

The best way to get over a big disappointment is to get back out there as soon as possible and ride it out of your system. Luckily, I've been able to do just that.

We arrived home at 9pm on Sunday night, after flying back from Portugal where a rear puncture kept me out of the points. And by early Monday morning, we were back on the road to Le Mans in France.

We loaded my dad's 600cc road bike into the van, put the Estoril disappointment behind us and drove off for a couple of days of track-day riding at the circuit that stages the French Grand Prix next weekend.

I've been very fortunate in terms of mechanical problems during my grand prix career, but it's still a real blow when it happens. Race day had started so well when I led the morning warm-up on a damp track and, despite starting from the fifth row of the grid, I was confident of a good result.

I made a decent start and a top six finish, at least, seemed very much on the cards - but the bike felt a little strange in those early laps and, although I was constantly making up places, something was not right.

On the eighth lap the bike began moving all over the place and it just got worse. I knew we had big problems but didn't know what they were until my pit board told me to come in.

The team were ready with both new front and rear wheels, which they changed, although it was obvious to them when I stopped that a rear tyre puncture was causing the problem.

Apparently a cracked rim on the rear wheel punctured the tyre. I went back out two laps down and completed the race, because my job is to cross that finishing line whatever the circumstances.

I felt sorry for the team because they had worked so hard all weekend and it was nobody's fault. It was one of those things that nobody could have predicted, but of course we were all very disappointed.

However, we learnt a lot over the weekend, especially in the wet and damp conditions. I had a good debrief with my crew chief Tom after the race, and we are confident going into my Tech 3 team's home race at Le Mans a week on Sunday.

I did make a silly mistake in the Saturday morning practice session, though; I missed the front brake lever while down-shifting, panicked, then grabbed the lever too hard and down I went. These things happen, and there was no great damage.

The qualifying session in the afternoon was not too bad, but I felt that there were a couple of areas from the crash that morning that upset the bike and also knocked my confidence a little.

It took me a while to build up my pace and by the time I felt confident again, I just ran out of time. I'd never been lower than the third row in Moto2 and so 15th was another learning experience.

It was good to get back racing after the four-week break and we now have six grands prix in just over a couple of months to keep us very busy.

I enjoyed the break with eight days cycle-training in Italy and also a good time down at the George White Blast just down the road in Swindon, but now we are at the business end of the MotoGP season.

That cycle training in Italy has certainly put me in good shape for the races ahead, especially after I met up and cycled with some of the Horizon Fitness Women's cycle team. Who knows, I might have to miss a few grands prix next year to compete in the Olympics?

After watching them train - I don't think so. I'll stick to horsepower...

Bradley

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