In his latest blog for Crash.net, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP rookie Bradley Smith reviews the flyaway rounds prior to the Valencia finale...
I don't think you could have written a book about the last three weeks and I've certainly gained some more life experiences from earthquakes, typhoons to flag-to-flag MotoGP races. It's been eventful, very exciting, extremely satisfying and real fun.
I thought I taken everything that's been thrown at us quite well but as soon as the race ended in Japan I was spent and totally exhausted. I knew that MotoGP was going to take a lot out of me but it's taken far more than I realised. Once back in Europe I'm resting up for a few days to find as much energy as I can for that final grand prix in Valencia and then the crucial three day test.
My eighth place in Japan means I've scored more world championship points than any other British rider in a rookie MotoGP season.
It does and it doesn't give me great satisfaction. I've been lucky to come into MotoGP with such a great team as Monster Tech 3 Yamaha but also many of the other British riders have had the same chance with the same bike. To come up with the most points shows we've had a successful rookie season, of course I'd still liked to have done more but I'm really pleased.
We did a great job at the flyaway races in Malaysia, Australia and Japan with three very solid results and we closed that time gap on the bikes in front which was crucial. Great results and great improvements, although you might say it's come at the wrong time of the season, but our goal for the season was to improve all the time.
We had a couple of shady races, but we put that right and have been very competitive over the last few weekends which is great.
The Australian Grand Prix was a wild one. We were all super happy after the first day of practice because of the fantastic grip from the new surface at Phillip Island. It was awesome to ride the M1 Yamaha round there and we left that night in high spirits.
Come Saturday and Bridgestone informed about the degradation of the tyres I think they handled the situation really well and we had no crashes because of the tyres, which was important for them as a company but also for us as riders. The last thing you want is to be racing into turn one at around 160 mph and have a tyre problem.