The Tech 3 team could not work harder for me and they are just as frustrated as the rider. For instance the Tuesday before Barcelona they organised a test for me and Jordi at Ales in France. They left the workshop at 5.00am ready for the start of the test at 9.00. We finished at 17.00 and they packed up, loaded the truck and drove straight to Barcelona to set up for the grand prix.
The build-up to Silverstone is always busy, but on Friday I'm going to the Isle of Man to watch the Senior TT and also ride the 37 3/4 miles track in the parade lap. I can't wait and I've got the fingers crossed the rain stays away.
I went a couple of years ago to watch but the rain postponed the races. This time I'm riding my 600cc road bike in Monster livery in the parade lap and it will be great to get away for a couple of days just to enjoy the bikes and also appreciate those amazing TT riders.
On Wednesday I'm at the media launch of the British Grand Prix overlooking the Olympic village in London which should be interesting. In the afternoon I have a Tissot personal appearance event in the Westfield Centre once again next to the Olympic village and so I should be feeling pretty patriotic by the time we arrive at Silverstone.
I arrive with mixed feelings. So excited to be riding in front of the patriotic home crowd at such a great circuit but disappointed with the season so far.
Last year I finished second in the rain but I must be honest to think I will not be hunting a podium finish this time. Breaking into that top ten will be a step forward although who knows with that amazing British support.
I promise you it will not be through lack of effort by me and the team who know what it means to me riding at my home grand prix.
Take the positives and remember last year – second place in the race after a rubbish qualifying session.