We talked about traction control last week but not even traction control could catch my two crashes on Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. It's all a learning experience but a pain full way to learn. I got caught out in both my crashes going out on a cold tyre in the first couple of laps at the same left hander at the Casanova/ Savelli esses
The first crash was not a nice situation to be in. I had the choice of being run over by my bike or free my left hand from under the handlebars as I slid along. Unfortunately I probably made the wrong decision and it would have been better to have been run over by the bike but it could have been worse. My Rev'it gloves did an amazing job with the titanium knuckle guard. Amazingly I only damaged the top of my little finger but without the guard it could have been my whole hand.
My Dad's description of the finger was it was like a sausage that had been split open and I honestly have never seen anything like it in my life. The Clinica Mobile did an amazing job on the finger. Moto3 rider Efren Vazquez took on the job of anaesthetist He was detailed to distract me by talking while they cleaned up the finger and cut away the burnt and dead skin although he went quiet at one point when he had a peep.
The guys at the clinic played such a massive part in me finishing ninth in the race - as did Christian who is Cal Crutchlow's physio who crossed over the garage to help me so much. I also had a special four fingered glove made and without all these guys and everybody in the team who twice had to put the bike together I would not have been able to race.
When you are injured sometimes you can become a little flippant because your mind is taken up by the injury and not totally focused on the race.
I needed a good clip round the side of the head and a reminder that Brad you need to sort things out, before getting caught out for the second time on Sunday morning. It was not ideal preparation but it really focused me for the race.
It certainly got my head focused and I attacked Valentino Rossi round the outside of turn one and I was certainly fired up. I knew I could not make another mistake but I was up for it. The crash in the morning did not take the wind out of my sails but actually gave me that clip round the head that I needed.
Injuries and crashes are part of the game and you have to accept this if you are going to race motorcycles for a living. That's life and what I paid to do. This is part of the game and the main thing is to recover as quickly as possible and be ready for the next race.
I look like a bit of a boxer at the moment with a real shiner coming under my left eye. I look like I've just completed three rounds with Karl Froch but to be honest I think I'd feel even worse after those three rounds. At least I have a bit of a war wound to show for my antics over the weekend.