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The awesome race in Aragon certainly prepared me both mentally and physically for the next month away and those three grands prix in Japan, Malaysia and Australia.

Mentally it was it was great to feel part of the leading pack once again, while physically I had to give as good as I got to stay with them At one point Johan Zarco stuck his footrest right into my calf and I also found my elbow in his front wheel. There was a right old session of bumping and bashing especially on that last lap.

It was an impressive move by Scott Redding on Andrea Iannone going into the Aragon corkscrew on that last lap. I thought they would both be wiped out and I was ready to grab that podium but full marks to Scott who made it stick for the podium which was good to see.

The Aragon circuit always produces great racing and that's why the crowds turned up despite the weather, the location of the track and the economic problems in Spain. It was great to give them something to enjoy.

I'd checked the weather forecast the week before that said it would 38 degrees over the weekend. How wrong can you get because it was cold and wet up 'till race day.

They should employ MotoGP as a rain maker for the farmers. A couple years back it rained in Qatar for the first time for years while it had not rained in Aragon for five months until we pitched up.

It was a real case of role reversal for me and the team. For once the bike was tough to ride in the wet and good in the dry. I never question my ability to ride fast but the race did boost my confidence before those last four races.

It was great to be able to analyse my riding on TV because I was on screen up with the leaders and it also made me realise just how competitive this Moto2 Championship is.

The last time I was up there was in Mugello and in the next race at Indianapolis I finished 12 places further back and out of the points, which shows how things can dramatically change at this level of racing.

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M1M - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 5:04 PM

Nice to see some more positive comments after a good finish. Crew chief Tom Jojic's response to Azi Farmi's naive question about the chance of a podium was, "Yeah maybe, if he gets a three bike tow on the straight." It would be interesting to see Redding on the Tech3 in Moto2 next year but he hasn't dominated his teammate to the extent Smith has, consistently finishing way ahead even of ex-125 champion De Meglio. Funny how, when he was Terol's team mate in 125s, Smith only got to win once Terol had the championship wrapped up. What's Terol done since moving up to Moto2 on a proven bike? I'm not a blind fan. I correctly predicted Smith's first win in 125 wouldn't come till he broke away at the front because he was leaving himself open to block passes. He's learnt a lot since then, and takes his racing very seriously. It's a shame there aren't more competitive bikes available, but those who can see beyond simple race results understand why he's been given a chance.

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