It's all linked, if you get tired, you lose concentration and then you can make mistakes. You need to train as hard as you can.
Last season you were with a race winning team, PTR, but changed to Yakhnich Yamaha, why was that?
It looked great from the outside. I was with PTR for two years and I'm really grateful for what they did for me, however I knew that if I wanted to progress I needed something different.
There were five riders in the team and there wasn't enough focus on each rider. We had five riders and only one data guy and that certainly wasn't what I needed to succeed. Now I've got two data guys just for me and they're working until 11 o'clock over the whole race weekend. So when you only had one guy working just a little bit for you something wasn't quite right.
It's difficult to fund the PTR team because they didn't have any major sponsors so you need some riders to maybe fund the better riders and that's how it works, but there were just too many riders.
There were a lot more reasons for it than that. At the last 3 or 4 rounds of last year I wasn't happy and this offer from Yamaha came together at the right time. I just get so much support from the Yakhnich team. It makes a massive difference having that focus. The new team is fantastic and I couldn't be happier.
Yakhnich isn't a factory team, but we are getting factory support and if we're pushing for the championship that may increase. Also my new team have a massive desire to go to superbikes and they can offer me a long-term contract to stay with them to go there next season. Which bike to use is still being discussed, but in an ideal world it'd be great to be in WSBK on a Yakhnich factory Yamaha.
I haven't tested a superbike yet, but Alex is getting on good so it shouldn't be too much of a problem.
How does the Yamaha compare with the Honda?
The difference is incredible; I've ridden for Honda all my career but they couldn't offer me much more for my future. It was a big decision.
Since coming to Yamaha, it's opened my eyes to what a great manufacturer they are both from the factory and the team point of view. Getting on it was like a breath of fresh air and it was quite a relief.
I've got to ride the bike quite differently, you've got to attack the corner a lot more on the Yamaha and use the power to fire it out whereas on the Honda you had to run through the turns. The Honda may be faster at the end of the straight, but the Yamaha is a lot faster and more aggressive off the turns.
The electronics on the Yamaha are also unbelievable.
The Honda is getting a bit long in the tooth now as well and there wasn't much development going on or things left to try. Whereas we've got loads of things to try on the Yamaha and I don't think we've seen anywhere near the full potential of it yet. We've got engine and gearbox upgrades coming in the next few rounds and given that we got second in our first race, that makes the future look pretty bright.
Take us through that second place at Phillip Island?