We have an engineer from MV that comes to pretty much every other race but all development work is done in house by ParkinGO. I don't know the exact relationship, but yes it is a factory team. I usually deal with ParkinGO rather than MV.
Can you take us through the last lap and why you crashed?
Before the race I spoke to Giuliano and said 'I've got nothing to lose, I'm not really bothered' and that was in my head as I was riding. I'd made a mistake, I almost went into the back of Kenan because he'd braked a little bit earlier than I'd thought and that just dropped me back a little bit with six laps to go.
I saw my pit board and it said +12 seconds or something and I thought 'Right I've got two choices here, I can ride around to finish third or we could go out and try to win this' and I thought 'Yeah let's go for it'. I got my head back down and managed to close the gap to the leaders.
On the run in to the last lap I'd again made a slight mistake in the same corner and but kept my head down, I knew that Sam was going to have a go at Kenan and vice versa. Sam's a pure racer, he didn't need to do what he was doing and if there was an opening there he was going to have a go.
I thought that if those two were going to duff each other up I needed to be right there. So going into the last lap everything was all good and coming out of the hairpin to be honest with you I don't know what happened. I don't know if there was something down already or what. The data showed that nothing strange had happened with the throttle or speed or anything. It wasn't a conventional highside where the revs rise, that's not what happened. Basically the bike just spun 90 degrees and I just fell over. It was strange.
I was on the floor and I couldn't quite work out what was going on. I'd gone from racing and battling to being on the floor and I felt confused about the whole thing. I got the thing up until the red flag came out and to be honest with you I didn't know what the ruling was. I went back to the park ferme area. They waved me into the cool bit and I was like 'Oh nice!'
So you were going for the win?
Yeah, why not. We weren't just there for a podium, we had the chance to win a race, so why not. I had nothing to lose as far as I was concerned.
Didn't you have your first podium at world level to lose?
It's fantastic to get the podium but you know, you can't be scared about these things. I was feeling really good all weekend, the bike was really good underneath me and I could really play with it. That's why the crash was so strange and why I think there may have been something down. Three people went down on the same lap so I think there was a good possibility there was something.
There was no rain?
No, there was no rain.
It's the first time I've had that chance though and you don't know how often you'll get the chance for the win.
Do you feel a bit of weight off your shoulders now you've bagged a podium?
Definitely. I think the last few rounds have been a bit of a weight off my shoulders because we're getting to where we need to be.
When you start on a new bike you don't know how good it's going to be and it's also hard to compare it to the opposition given that there's only me and Robby on them. You can look at the other guys on track though and I can tell that I've got one of the best chassis out there.