October 19th, 2010
Imola was a tough race, I knew I had the pace to run at the front as the grid was set in Friday qualifying as it was wet on Saturday so I hadn’t had chance to get a good lap in so I started from 6th position. I got pushed wide at turn 1 off the start and ended up in 14th at the end of the first lap. I made up 3 places on lap 3 and just kept my head down and tried to do fast laps. By lap 12 I was up to 7th but Roccoli and my team mate Fujiwara still had a gap, I caught and passed Roccoli with 2 laps to go and then Chas Davies bike stopped on the last lap and I got past Fuji for 4th which was the best I could do and I was pleased I made such a good recovery. When I came around the last chicane to see Kenan and Eugene on the floor I thought I could get 2nd but they both managed to get back on the bikes and cross the line in front of me. That just left a 1 week gap to Magny Cours where I won the race in 2005 so I was keen to get a good result there again.
September 13th, 2010
Hope you like the new style web-site reflecting the changes which have happenned over the last few weeks.
I had a phone call from the Kawasaki World Supersport team asking me to test the bike at Almeria and stand in for injured Joan Lascorz who is out for the rest of the season.
I jumped at the chance having just split with Echo CRS Honda and the test went well so I had my first competitive ride on the bike in World Supersport at the Nurburgring.
I was pleased with my first race on the bike and ended up with 3rd which was a great result for me and the team first time out. I was hoping to be a bit closer to the front but we have a bit more set up work to do and I have to change my style again to suit the Supersport bike.
We have 2 days testing at Valencia this week so hopefully we can be closer to the front at Imola and Magny Cours and make it to the top step before the end of the season. Its great to be up there fighting for podiums again and hopefully if all goes well I can stay with the team and challenge for the title in 2011.
We're testing for 2 days after the Magny Cours race so ...