I didn't copy anyone, every rider just has their own style and it's however you feel comfortable when putting your leg over the bike. I just let it come naturally
You had a really strong end to last season, winning two of the last four races, what made the difference?
There are loads of reasons really. In pre-season testing last year we were the fastest KTM or Moto3 rider and faster than Sandro, so many people were saying that I could be a contender for the title.
But riding a race is so different and it was only my second year in a world championship and I didn't have enough experience and self-belief to know if I could fight for it. For me it changed around halfway through the year when I got my first podium at Assen and that's when it clicked that I could actually battle to win races. I basically got the self-belief.
Also we struggled a little because we were always on development with KTM and we were always a few races behind Sandro in terms of equipment.
As the number one rider in the team, he got the new chassis before us, but halfway through the year KTM didn't do as much development which meant that Sandro and I had the same sort of machinery and that's when we got closer and felt that we could beat him.
Let's go back to your first win, in the Japanese GP. With a few corners to go you were right behind Cortese, but you also knew Cortese had a chance of winning the championship that day - take us through your thoughts at the time…
To be honest, I just wanted to win that race. I'd got my first pole and there were no team orders and I said in the interview before the race that if I could win the race, I would and if it meant having to pass Sandro, I would. But at the same time I wouldn't do anything stupid.
In many people's eyes, I left him enough room. Also if I hadn't passed Sandro into that corner, Tonucci would have got us both and we could have crashed. If you're in the slipstream going into the last corners, you're not just going to sit behind him, you're going to do what's best for your career and what's best for your team.
Some of the mechanics were disappointed because of the world championship, but my mechanics were very happy and at the time I had just signed my contract to go into Moto2 so I had to do whatever was best for my career.
The win helped me in every way and gave me the self-confidence I needed.
If Sandro had won the championship in Japan, it would have been great for the team and they would have got their bonuses, but I had already signed for Moto2 and I needed to sparkle and do what's best for me.