“Here in Australia for spectators the location is very good because it's so spectacular, but for us riding it the layout is beautiful. There are fast corners, you have slower corners, and it's very technical so you have everything.
“It's very very important here to have a good feeling with the front of the bike so you can be fast in changing direction and get inside the fast corners and make the bike turn. There are not many areas of hard braking so you have to be very comfortable and smooth and let the bike work.
“Yesterday [Friday] the track was dirty so to keep the bike on a good clean line was difficult and there was not much traction so this makes it hard for us. Today we improved a lot from yesterday though so I hope to keep going tomorrow.”
He did have one scare however, that came during Saturday morning's second free practice in the form of a feathered interloper.
“I saw the bird but by the time I did I couldn't close the throttle in time and I couldn't move the line because I was too fast; I hit him at like 303km/h! I was scared because I thought I broke two fingers but after a few minutes the feeling came good again and my arm is ok. I'm lucky I think, and he is worse than me!”