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Motegi, Sepang and Phillip Island

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I may have just returned home from a 25-day trip but already I'm excited about the awesome weekend to come at Valencia, which is at last so close.

I'll have my final ride on the Tech 3 Mistral Moto2 bike in the race and then that first ride on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP bike, at a circuit where I won my last grand prix.

It's enough to even make the jet lag bearable after the long flight home from Australia.

We certainly underachieved in the three races away in Japan, Malaysia and Australia but it could and perhaps should have been so very different.

At Motegi in Japan it started and ended badly but the bit in the middle was really good. Just two laps into the first practice I crashed and banged my head harder than I've ever done before. It's the first time I've ever had concussion and it certainly felt strange.

Just a couple of days earlier I'd visited the Shoei helmet factory and I put their products to the test in the crash, which seemed to have the desired affect because I was flying after that in the next two practice sessions. Perhaps I need a bang on the head every weekend!

I was right up with Marquez and co. but in qualifying I had a dodgy tyre, which vibrated so much I thought I was on a motocross bike. I still qualified on the third row and really fancied at least a podium, especially after hearing the national anthem following Danny Kent's brilliant win in the Moto3 race.

Congratulations to Danny on a fantastic weekend which really inspired me but it was not to be.

On the sighting lap the bike felt a bit strange. I thought it might be me, but it was not. From the start I was having trouble with the engine braking and on lap four the engine locked up. I could not bear to watch the race from the pits and so hopped on my pushbike for a tour of the Motegi complex while the others got on with the racing without me.

In Malaysia at Sepang I decided to reverse the process on Friday. A good opening practice session in the morning and the big crash in the afternoon. I tried a different line which was just not there and which resulted in a broken big and number four toes on the left foot.

It made gear changing painful for the remainder of the trip but I qualified on the second row and was second fastest in the morning warm-up.





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Mike the bike - Unregistered

October 30, 2012 7:42 PM

Lets wait a bit before we start mouthing off eh? Bradley earned a ride and deserves a few races to get up to speed and show us what he is capable of. Let's try something new, encouraging a young rider who is risking his life for our entertainment.



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