I was at the Goodwood Festival of Speed a week ago, and it was one of those weekends for me which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was somewhere to relax and have a look around at all the cars and all the old bikes - something I love doing - and just keep up-to-date with everything. I had a great time going up the hill and meeting a lot of people, and we had a bit of a dinner and a dance at the ball too!

There were some real legends there. It was fantastic for me to meet a lot of people, and to get involved from a point-of-view as a bit of a spectator as well. Normally I'm at the bike races to race bikes, but I was there that weekend to do a bit of a show and meet some new faces and some great old riders.

It was really good taking my HM Plant Honda up the hill. It was a bit weird for me the first time I went up - I didn't know where the hell I was going! - but it was good, with a few wheelies and burn-outs for the crowd. That's what they appreciate there, but for me undoubtedly the highlight of the weekend was meeting Stirling Moss.

Getting back to the business in-hand, I need to win; I need to carry on winning for this British Superbike Championship. I want to get the title, but it's looking hard at the minute to catch 'Shakey' Byrne on the Airwaves Ducati. All credit to him, though - he's riding fantastically. There have only been four winners in this championship; we had a shock winner last time out with Michael Rutter, and well done to him - he rode brilliantly.

Going to Oulton Park now, I don't know. I'd like the double, but I don't know if it's going to happen. I'll certainly be trying my hardest for it. We didn't go so well there last time - I had a crash and a sixth, which are my worst results of the year.

I need to go there and win both races if I can. I led both races last time; the crash in the first race was my own fault, but in the second race I crashed from second place, which wasn't my fault. We'll go back there and try and make amends, and see how we get on.

Looking at things overall, HM Plant Honda are doing a really good job. I wouldn't change anything about my team at the minute - we're all working hard to be winning races. It's a new bike - people forget that - and we're still developing throughout the whole of the year.

I know where Airwaves are gaining a little bit of an advantage, but that's for us to work on and try and catch up. They've got a bit of a disadvantage compared to our bike in a few places too, though. It's a lot down to 'Shakey' riding fantastically as well; you can't take anything away from him.

Beyond that there's the Suzuka 8 Hours with Moriwaki Honda team. I'm looking forward to that race; it should be good. The 8-Hours is a tiring event, but it fits in perfectly with my schedule and hopefully I can please Honda out there and do Moriwaki Racing proud.

It will be my first time competing in such a long race, but I don't see it being a problem. I've not long come back from testing out there in Japan, and I've been out and done a 300km race before, which was cool; I enjoyed that. We finished eighth with a lot of problems with the bike, so hopefully this time we can go to Suzuka and get a podium.

I'll keep you posted,


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