By Stephen English
An interview with Daman Cudlin conducted on Saturday at this weekend's Malaysian MotoGP.
Sepang is Cudlin's second event in place of Yonny Hernandez at the PBM team.
The Australian, who will ride in front of his home fans at Phillip Island next weekend, qualified in last place but less than a tenth from Ioda regular Lukas Pesek…
How are you finding adapting to another new bike?
It's going OK. I'm still going faster every time I leave the box but I'm not making as much progress as I'd like. I'd like to be in front of a couple of people on the starting grid. We'll keep chipping away at it and the thing is that it's always hard when you get these kind of call-ups and you have to throw your leg over something and learn everything in the heat of a race weekend, when everyone else is obviously up to speed.
Aragon was a case of trying to get the hang of the bike and then here I've got the track to learn. It's quite a lap here so I've had a lot on my plate for the last two rounds. We're making progress and we're getting closer to the guys in front of us and if I can have a good race tomorrow and hopefully pick a couple of them off and carry that momentum into Philip Island and a track that I know.
How much of a difference does it make that you know you have until the end of the season on the bike rather than just a one off ride?
It was one of the reasons that I choose to come here. This weekend is the same weekend as the last round of the IDM Superbike Championship which I'm contracted to ride in and having just lost the championship there, I'm still second but it's out of reach now, I had the opportunity to come here and get three weekends in a row.
That's what I've wanted because every time that I've stepped into MotoGP it's been a case of throwing your leg over it and winging it for the weekend and then going home. So this is the first chance I've had to do a few weekends in a row and that's what I wanted and why I choose to come here.
Thankfully my RAC BMW team were really great and understanding about it and gave me their full blessing to come and do it. That was really why I wanted to do these next races because I have three weekends in a row where I can progress. We need to work out which direction we need to go with the bike and make some progress with it.
What do you think of the PBM bike?
To be honest chassis wise it's actually pretty good. We haven't actually changed a lot in terms of chassis; the base setup that we started with in Aragon is the same as what Michael [Laverty] has had most of the season. The biggest issue that I'm having is with the electronics side.
Obviously we've got the Aprilia engine but it's completely different electronics compared to the ART bikes which have the Aprilia electronics and it gives us a lot less that we can do in terms of the engine braking and some other things. On corner entry I can't seem to get the bike stopped and that's probably the thing that we're battling with the most at the moment.