In his latest blog for Crash.net, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie Bradley Smith reviews Sunday's Aragon MotoGP, discusses the Marc Marquez incident and Scott Redding's Moto2 title fight...
To be 31 seconds behind the leader at the end of the race is back in our ball park. To be able to beat the factory Ducatis was my Yamaha technicians' target when they had their Wednesday meeting - although they did not tell me until after the race.
It was my first seventh place of the season and considering everything it was a good points scoring ride for us. It was vital to build that foundation once again before we disappear to the flyways.
We still have problems in the early stages with a full fuel load and we compared our lap times with Andrea Dovizioso's on the bike last year and it seems to be a fundamental problem with this Yamaha.
We have seen three or four developments this year and we are going in the right direction. Everything is looking very positive with more developments for 2014, starting with the Valencia test in November, which fills me with great optimism for next year.
We had a really tough day at Aragon on Friday but really turned it round on Saturday by qualifying in eighth place. Despite the disappointment I knew on Friday there was potential and we probably found more than we expected and it was a bonus.
It was a huge relief after a couple tough race weekends and it was great to find that outright lap time.
We started with the Misano setting and worked round it to suit Aragon. Sometimes I can't believe just how much the smallest of details can make such a big difference, but that's MotoGP and it's a science project.
I have not yet seen the Marquez/Pedrosa incident but going from past experiences never have I seen Marquez do something recently that deserved a penalty on its own. All of Marc's race mistakes are always racing incidents and he does well to keep himself out of harm's way, but all of them put together deserve some sort of penalty.
What penalty that is I don't know because I'm not Race Direction, but Jorge Lorenzo
has said that until he was made to think about his actions on the track with a race ban he was not going to change.