If I'm 17th on the grid, I'll come round in the top ten and that's always something I've been naturally able to do so, it was ironic at the time that the team boss didn't identify it. So I had to give him a bit of grief about that.
I'm strong at the start of the race and afterwards can keep my lap times constant. I'm a consistent rider and you can see in the first few races this season my lap times don't fluctuate the way some of the other guy's do. Whatever lap time I can do in qualifying I can usually maintain for the race.
I don't feel like I'm the last of the late brakers, but I've never come up against someone who brakes later than me. That's a strength, but also a weakness because I always go to the last second. Jorge Lorenzo
brakes that little bit earlier and can then release and carry better corner speed. For overtake manoeuvres it's definitely an advantage though.
That comes from my time riding in Ireland where so many corners are slow tight hairpins where you have to brake late to survive.
On your website you mention finishing 2008 'unhappy and disillusioned'?
I had moved up to BSB from BSS with TAS Suzuki and it was at that stage I was racing against guys with better equipment than me. I felt I was as good as them and in a selfish way I felt I deserved something similar and TAS couldn't make it happen at that time.
I always got on well with the guys at TAS, and still do, but I felt they just couldn't give me the equipment I needed and felt a little bitter for that. I just felt I wouldn't be in a position to win if I stayed with the team. As it turned out the next year TAS got more factory support so I might have shot myself in the foot a little by moving on to race in America.
You learn by these things though because I learned how quickly your career can slip away from you. Memories in the paddock are short and you are only as good as your last race. You've always got earn it, want it and work for it. That experience made me realise how much I wanted it and to appreciate what I had and how difficult it is to get back on with a top team.
America made me hungrier to get back to BSB. Before going away I felt that I was owed that ride but afterwards realised that nobody owes you anything, you've got to earn it. That experience gave me the kick up the arse I needed and when I came back for 2010 I rode for a lot less money that I had previously, even in Supersport.
How did it end at Samsung Honda in BSB last year?
I had always wanted to ride for the Samsung Honda team as the top team in BSB. 2012 was a tough year though, we were lacking top speed and the Pirelli really didn't work well with the Honda at many tracks. We ended the year knowing what we needed to improve and I was happy to continue with them and that was the plan to have another tilt at the BSB title.
The Honda deal was a little slow to come together though because of the red tape that had to be completed. During that time we heard that Shakey had turned down the [PBM] CRT ride and I then got the call from the team offering me the ride.