In his latest blog for Crash.net, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie Bradley Smith reviews his home British MotoGP debut at Silverstone, which concluded with a ninth place finish..
I'm absolutely shattered after one of the most special events of my life and certainly one of the hardest.
To feel the crowd and the massive support at Silverstone plus all the nice words on Twitter has made it an absolutely amazing weekend, but it don't half take it out of you.
Unfortunately on track it was one of the hardest weekends of the season so far because we just could not find the bike I wanted underneath me.
We also made the wrong tyre choice for the race, going for the softer option rear, but based on what we had all weekend we had to go with what we knew. I'd only ridden three laps on the harder tyre all weekend and although I'd been fast you can't go into a 20 lap race with so little knowledge.
We have to be pleased with what we achieved and I felt got the best out of the bike I could. It was a tough weekend, a tough track but we have the race winner's data and can analyse what we missed and learn for the next round in Misano.
The hard thing to accept was that for two and a half days I'd been whingeing that the bike didn't feel like it did in Brno. Of course Silverstone is a very different race track and that feeling I had in Brno you are not going to get everywhere. It's hard to accept but we know what that feeling is like and strive to continue to find it every race.
In the race I'm sure those factory Ducatis had a rope joined to me once again but it was good that I was able to dictate the pace from the start and stay consistent right from the start with the full fuel load. I set my fastest lap at the beginning of the race and so there are some little positives to take from it all. I didn't make any mistakes and I didn't run off track but struggled with the wrong tyre choice.
You learn so much in this type of weekend and we found some very interesting settings which will help us going into those final six races of the season. You always learn more from a bad weekend rather than a good one. The result may not have been there but I gained more information and knowledge about the motorcycle than I did in Brno.
I just have to keep putting this experience in my suitcase which I will try and bring to every race track and figure it all out. It's a shame it was a tough one at my home grand but nobody said it was ever going to be easy and I made it across the line.