I made a good start and was right in contention in those opening four laps, but ran wide trying to ride round Zarco at the downhill right hander. It was never going to stick and I was so close to running off the track. I lost over two seconds to the group and spent the rest of the race clawing back the advantage. Another couple of laps and I could have made it.

Despite all the problems I'm still seventh in the Championship and with six races to go will be trying to catch Mika and Scott who are 20 and 30 points respectively in front of me. I qualified down in 15th place but not that far in time from the front row. I'd just put on a new set of tyres and was ready to really go for it when it started to rain which really messed me up.

This is a truly massive time in my career. Some people have said that they don't understand why I've got a chance in MotoGP next year based on the results from this season.

I would be a fool to try and justify myself to these people who are totally entitled to their opinions. However I will say that results from the outside don't always reflect the true picture.

I've put my heart and soul into the Tech 3 Moto2 project over the last one and a half years. There was a massive improvement for the team last year, when I took three podium finishes.

This year has been tough but we have stuck at it in very difficult circumstances. Also of course the team took into consideration my past record - three grands prix wins and runner-up in the World Championship.

Everything is sorted and the now it's down to me.

Bring it on...


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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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