We were more apprehensive than normal! Probably our biggest problem was track temperature and Michael's feeling with the tyres because we couldn't get them working in the correct range.
We'd done the tests at Jerez and Sepang and were happily surprised to find that we were quite competitive with the other CRTs so at Qatar we had higher expectations than perhaps we should considering the amount of time we'd had with the project. We finished the race though and didn't come last so we were satisfied, but also relieved. It was a big weight off my shoulders to finish the race respectably.
Michael has surprised a lot of people, probably including ourselves, with him going to a new championship with new bike, brakes and tyres we thought it might take him longer to adapt. Also so many of the circuits are new to him
Is there anything you're particularly concerned about now with the PBM1?
Nothing in particular but we're just working on trying to find some more mid-range by using different exhausts. We just need to understand the bike more as we work with it. We really felt we'd made some good progress at Catalunya, it didn't go beyond the first lap though.
We still don't feel that we're on a par with the ART yet.
After all your experience, do you still get nervous watching the race?
I do get nervous at the beginning because you want all the riders to come through the first few laps cleanly. Also I always get nervous when both our riders are close together. On the flip side, I don't know who enjoys a good result more, the rider or the team.