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Magny Cours Update
October 26th, 2010
I was out of Imola on Sunday night after the race and back home in Andorra on the Monday which gave me a couple of days to train before heading off the Magny Cours. We drove up there and it was good to have the family with me again. Qualifying was ok but some of the guys put their best times in on the Friday and I ended up 5th on the grid with 3rd to 5th covered by only 2 tenths. We made a few set up changes and the bike was better on Sunday for warm up. Come the race things were different, I got a great start and was behind Kenan and Eugene. Kenan pulled a bit of a gap but I was right behind Eugene and by lap 4 I was thinking about where I could pass him and set about catching Kenan as he had a championship to win I thought I had a good chance of winning the race. Then on lap 6 the bike stopped briefly, then started again. I put my hand up but then it seemed to go again, this put me back to 6th, on the next lap the problem just got worse and I crossed the line in 13th and pulled in on lap 8. I was pretty upset. It turns out that it was electrical, one of the coil wires was failing and the bike was down to 2 cylinders. Not a great end to the season but I’m really looking forward to working with this team for the next 2 years. They are so professional and well organised, we have a great winter testing programme planned and I’m confident we can be serious championship contenders in 2011.
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