I knew after the first five races this season that I had little chance of winning the British Grand Prix, but I was certain that if there was a chance of leading at any stage I would take it with the risks involved.
When I qualified on the second row at Silverstone it was pretty obvious to me that my chance had come. This year I've been making up two rows into the first corner from much further down the grid.
I made the start and just went for it into Abbey, off line round the outside and came out leading Scott Redding.
Two Brits leading their home grand prix with the crowd going crazy in front of millions of television viewers – it does not get a lot better than that. It was a fierce old battle for a few laps and I loved every minute of it. I could not stay with the leaders but was so much closer than any other time this year.
While they fought it out at the front I was having my own problems hanging onto sixth with Claudio Corti and Championship leader Tom Luthi piling on the pressure in the last couple of laps.
I thought I was clear but Tom was pushing so hard behind the Italian he passed me. I was gutted and was not going to give up another place without a big fight.
On the last lap Tom passed me coming down the Hanger Straight but I managed to square him off at the Club chicane to regain seventh place.
Of course we are not happy with seventh, but I was just seven seconds down on the leaders which is a lot closer than any time this year. We really made some encouraging strides this weekend and I was surprised right from the start on Friday riding the bike both in the wet and dry.
It was like meeting up with an old friend with the bike much more like it was last year. Tom [crew chief] and the team certainly worked some magic before my biggest race of the year.
It's a crucial stage of the season with three races in two weeks coming up starting at Assen in Holland a week on Saturday. With improvement at Silverstone I'll be looking to be fighting for a top six finish and by the time we reach Mugello in Italy two weeks later let's hope a podium is in sight before the summer break.