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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.

Five races to go after an alright weekend in Misano, but nothing to get too excited about. My Manager told me he's making me an advent-style calendar leading up to my first ride on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP bike in November.

It's my face that's going on the calendar and it's going to start with just the hint of a smile after this weekend, but then week after week that smile is going to get bigger until you'll see all my teeth the day of that first test - just two days after the final Moto2 race in Valencia.

In many ways Misano summed up the season and the frustration we are feeling at the moment. The race being stopped after poor old Gino Rea's bike blew up and smothered the approach to the final corner in oil was certainly not playing to our strengths.

It's a strange feeling to have a race stopped just when you are getting your head into it. It's something we don't practice and you have to re-set your mind-set, which I did but reducing the race down to just 14 laps did not help our cause.

The Tech 3 Mistral makes a good start but when the leaders start to up the pace after a few laps we struggle to stay with them. However, they then slow towards the end of the race.

Our bike is exactly the same as it was at the start and I can start climbing back towards the front, where my fitness also helps. This also encourages to put on a big charge, but on Sunday the leaders did not drop the pace and I could have done with the 12 laps we lost from the original race.

In the end it was damage limitation to finish eighth, although I'm certain with those extra laps I could have been fourth. The good thing was I did not lose any places in the Championship and I'm looking forward to the next round at Aragon in Spain in a couple of weeks' time.

It's the penultimate race of the season in Europe because we are then properly on the road with successive grands prix in Japan, Malaysia and Australia. We finish in Valencia and then that big smile on the calendar. It's scary just how quickly the season has gone and it will be over before we know it.

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Dal - Unregistered

September 18, 2012 12:40 PM

Amazing, this guy is riding a bike thats had little to no development since its introduction and yet still manages to finish 8th. But, you don't think he deserves a chance in MotoGP? It would appear his team Boss and owner knows something you don't!!


September 18, 2012 4:30 PM

Yet again we have several comments from people who clearly know more about what makes a Motogp rider then Herve Poncheral. I wonder if those making such comments could provide their cv's so we can see what teams they have ridden for and subsequently owned or managed. No, thought not!

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