In his latest blog for Crash.net, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie Bradley Smith reviews the Valencia finale and his first premier-class season...
In all sports there is occasionally a guy who turns up and blows all the record books way out of the ball park and we've just witnessed that with Marc Marquez.
I just hope he does not continue to progress at that rate because we will all have a major problem for the next few years.
To be honest I think Marc has spoiled everybody's season and to lose the Rookie of the Year title to him does not bother me because he has beat everybody else. It's been an amazing job by him and his team and he fully deserves that Number One plate.
I'm ready for the off season - not that I want it to come but both mentally and physically I'm really spent. I've put everything into learning as much as I possibly could and as a Rookie you use more brain space than you really need because nothing is first nature and you have to think about every little detail.
MotoGP as a whole is a lot busier and more demanding on and off the race track. I'm sure next year after the break and knowing so much more coming into the season it will not be as difficult or draining. From a rider and results point of view I don't want this to end because I've had so much fun on this adventure and have produced a great platform on which to start the 2014 season.
Before I can take that break we have a two day test here in Valencia and the good thing for me is we should have for the first time the latest Yamaha swinging arm and chassis which will be my first real upgrade of the year.
I think I've earned that upgrade because I understand the bike very well now where as earlier if they'd given me something new or something old it would not have mattered because I was not at that level.
I do believe in those last five races I've built up to the point where I'm ready to give feedback and information. The new parts should certainly bring a better performance. We've had a season in which we've solved most of my problems but there are still a couple of lingering ones.
I'm still not totally confident racing with a full fuel load and I'm always a lot happier towards the end of the race. I'm also not totally confident at certain corners which did not help to extract the best from the bike especially when the tyres go off. So I had to ride some little quirky lines that you know are not the right ones but are the best way for you to go fast.