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It's a super weird time for me at the moment. I know I'm going to be fulfilling that dream by riding in MotoGP next season, but I've used so much brain space working on our Moto2 project that the first MotoGP ride seems far away.

In fact it's only just over two months until I sit on the Monster Energy M1 Yamaha for the very first time, two days after the final grand prix of the season in Valencia.

That's when the new chapter begins, but until then all my thoughts and efforts are focussed on trying to catch those Marc VDS boys Mika Kallio and Scott Redding who are in front of me in the Moto2 World Championship.

So it's official and I will be riding in the MotoGP World Championship next season. I had heard all the rumours and chat that it was not going to happen, but I never lost faith in the promises that Tech 3 gave me last year.

Of course it's great news for me but also for British racing because I'm joining Cal [Crutchlow] in the Monster Tech 3 team and what a lot I can learn from him after his fantastic season this year.

And what a weekend he had in Brno: Signing a new deal with Tech 3 on Saturday morning and then qualifying in second place behind Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo. It got even better on Sunday when he finished third in the race for his first ever MotoGP Podium.

You understand fully just what an achievement it was by looking at the history books - the first British rider on the MotoGP podium since Jeremy McWilliams at the British Grand Prix 12 very long years ago.

I was nine years old and still at Primary School at the time and I'm certain Cal and hopefully me will ensure that kind of podium drought will never happen again.

On the track and in the Moto2 race I was disappointed not to finish fifth. I had to settle for eighth after being far too enthusiastic trying to overtake Johan Zarco down at turn five.




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hi - Unregistered

August 28, 2012 2:46 PM

"I'm one of the sceptics as to why he deserves a moto gp ride too but somebody made a good point the other day that Stoner was much the same, and look how well he turned out! Somebody sees something special in him, so I hope it works out." Emm.... no! Stoner won 5 times, podiumed 10 and finished 2nd overall the year before moving up to MotoGP.



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