I've waited all season for such a special weekend. We've certainly had some tough times this year but it was just about perfect in Valencia.

I signed off as a 125cc rider and my career at Aspar by winning that final grand prix of the season and then completed the most incredible 90 laps in Valencia on the Tech 3 Moto 2 machine on Monday

I took the gamble of using a larger rear tyre than anybody else in the race and I knew the first ten laps would be hard.

A good start was essential and I made a beauty and then rode probably the best first lap for ever. The bike had felt awesome since the very first practice session and the gamble with the larger tyre turned out to be the right decision.

I think the next 23 laps where the toughest I've ever ridden. I've not been out there in front by such a margin for a long time and you have to keep so focussed just racing against the stopwatch while constantly checking your pit board.

I'll be honest when I crossed the line my emotions did get the better of me and there were tears inside my helmet when I rode round on the victory lap. What a way to finish a difficult season, my 125 cc career and my time with the Aspar team.

I'd composed myself by the time we got back to Parc Ferme to celebrate with the team, family and friends a long awaited grand prix win. It was such a special moment and my way of saying a massive thank-you to my mechanics who have worked for me for the last three years and the Aspar team.

It's difficult to imagine but it was an even bigger weekend for Marc Marquez who clinched the World title after finishing fourth in the race.

Congratulations to Marc and he deserved the title because in the heat of battle he was always the rider who came out on top to grab those extra five points especially in the last few laps.

We did celebrate the win on Sunday night by going to the big end of season party but I was tucked up in bed long before the majority of the other riders because Monday was a big day.

It was like the first day at a new school turning up at the Tech 3 box for my very first ride on the Moto2 machine. It turned out to be very easily the best first day of term I've ever experienced and I just can't tell you how much I enjoyed it.

It was so weird riding round Valencia on a Moto2 bike after so many laps over the years on a 125. It almost felt like a completely different circuit because it was a completely new experience and so much fun sliding the bike with so much power.

I suppose after riding a 125 for so long it was all becoming a tiny bit stale and this was what I needed. I completed 90 laps on the 2010 bike and got on great with the team including my new crew chief Tom . The first day was always going to be a bit difficult but we got on fine and they are very experienced and professional.

Both Colin Edwards and Mike Di Meglio who tested with me said the 2011 bike would be another step forward but I learnt so much just testing this year's machine.

After the test and de-brief I popped into the Aspar box. It was not awkward in any way. They were really interested how I got on because we had parted company in a good way.

They didn't want me to leave but could not offer me what I wanted. I didn't want to leave but had to move up to Moto2. It was great to give them a grand prix win as a goodbye.

I can't wait for the next Tech 3 Moto2 test because I've got so much to learn about riding the four-stroke but also it's just so much fun.

Plenty of things to do while waiting for the tests including celebrating my 20th birthday, no longer a teenager and loads of appearances at Motorcycle Live which starts on November 27 at the NEC.

Hope to see plenty of you there and I can't thank you enough for your support especially when the going got a bit tough a few times this season. You stuck with me in those hard times and my Valencia win is a big thank-you to you all. I aim to bring you some more of the same next year.

Brad

 

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