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I reckon I packed in as much drama in my 100th grand as I did in the previous 99 in the rain at Le Mans on Sunday.

When I finally crossed the line in tenth place I felt a right plonker for crashing at the final bend but do you know what – at least I gave it a real go. If I had not defended the corner and somebody had passed me and relegated me down from sixth I would have been a lot more p….d off than I was finishing tenth after crashing.

When I got out of my soaking wet leathers I started to get more frustrated because in those conditions I definitely had the pace to finish on the podium. The rain made it a much more level playing field and although the bike was loose in places I'd missed a great opportunity for me and the team at their home race.

What another awesome start from the seventh row of the grid and I was alongside pole setter Marc Marquez as we went into turn three. At least I think it was him but it was difficult to see anything in the spray. I was right in the mix at the front and as always I was talking to myself telling myself not to spoil the hard work and to take it steady and do nothing crazy.

Then Tom Luthi made a move at the front and I was with Scott when we came over the rise out of the chicane. I had a moment and decided rather than try and get the bike round and crash it was better to run off track and get back in the race. I was down in 13th but fought back to sixth.

It was a great scrap but on that last corner on the two previous laps somebody had managed to get up the inside of me and so on the last lap there was no way I was going to let it happen again.

I did not realise I'd opened up a bit of a gap and thought that Pol Espargaro and co where right behind me. I was nervous and went in really tight to defend my position and the rest is history. I jumped back on the bike and crossed the line in tenth which keeps me eighth in the World Championship.

So all in all a pretty frustrating weekend. We need some testing time to work on the bike because I'm certain there is another second a lap to be dragged out of it. It's so tough for the team because we are a small outfit working from the South of France.

Everybody comes to the races and so there is nobody left build new parts or a new chassis with such a hectic grand prix schedule. Everybody is flat out the whole time either working in the factory or at the races at the weekends.

Our only solution at the moment is to find more time to test and not have to do it during grand prix practice and qualifying. We are working round the schedule to find some time and a venue to do just that.

We are in a similar situation to Ducati in MotoGP who are struggling with the set-up in the dry conditions but can compete when it's wet. The big difference they have the budget and staff to go testing and make improvements but we will get there. It's certainly not through lack of effort by anybody.

The next grand prix is in Barcelona which was almost my second home when I rode in the Academy and for the Repsol Honda team. I suppose the perfect scenario would be dry in practice and qualifying to get in some much needed testing and then a wet race to level the playing field.

Probably not the most popular idea.


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tucker - Unregistered

May 23, 2012 9:23 AM

@ELNINO Name a single time Terol has beaten Bradders in Moto2? Go on look it up, because you won't find one. I think you'll find that he is ahead of Elias and Simon (you spelt his name wrong but I think that's who you meant) in the championship this year aswell. The bike is clearly under developed, I think if you put Bradley on a Kalex he would be fighting for top 5 every round. That being said, I agree with you in saying that he isn't ready for MotoGP. Tech3 would be mad to consider replacing either Cal or Dovi. The only way I see it happening is if either one of them replaces Ben Spies in the Factory team.

ELNINO - Unregistered

May 23, 2012 9:16 AM

If this guys gets anymore attention, I think I might just kill myself. Why in the hell does some moto2 mid-packer get a free ride into motogp? This kid has never performed. He couldn't get a title in 125cc, even when all the talent moved to Moto2 (with the exception of Marquez). He really only managed 3rd places that year, and even then, only on occasion. He then gets to moto2 and still keeps mid packing it. All the regular names, Espagaro, Elias, Simone, Terol continue to beat him regularly just like in 125cc. I've never seen someone so undeserving of a motoGP seat. I guess when Abraham is passing bradders on his Tech3, all of you might get the picture. Besides, if you think Bradders can compete with current tech3 riders like Crutchlow and Dovi, you're living in some fantasy land. Punt this kid back to some no name Moto2 team and lets get a real rider on board with Tech3 in Moto2 who stands a decent chance when moving to MotoGP. Yah, I said it

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