The wakeup call from the de­feat in my ‘home’ world round in An­dorra just in­spired me to push my­self even fur­ther. The new con­cept of qual­i­fy­ing for the com­pe­ti­tion has thrown up some sur­prises, and in par­tic­u­lar to my­self, as I did not make the pole po­si­tion un­til round four in France, which was fol­lowed up with the next round in Great Bri­tain. It’s very sharp bru­tal ac­tion which needs con­trol­ling to set the fastest time. In my lan­guage it’s rac­ing; may the best man win.

In the rain of Ja­pan the pole po­si­tion set by James Da­bill was some­thing else. He was very calm and cal­cu­lated, and I swear the grin on his face when he cleaned the haz­ard and set the fastest time was the big­gest one I have wit­nessed for a long time on the English­man’s face! I parted with two marks to put me third be­hind Jeroni Fa­jardo. It was very strange to ride both days start­ing in front of th­ese two, but I turned it all round to take wins on both days.

In An­dorra my young team-mate Jaime ‘Pretty Boy’ Busto at­tacked the qual­i­fy­ing, and in all fair­ness it was a quick lap. I was sec­ond quick­est and we were both well in front of the rest of the en­try. In the trial I was very pushed to meet the time al­lowed and did not have enough left to in­spect the haz­ards to­wards the end of the first lap. Con­se­quently I missed a marker which in the end pushed me down to third place on the day as a very happy Jaime made his maiden trip to the podium. In both France and Great Bri­tain the qual­i­fy­ing times were very close once again be­tween me and Jaime. Us­ing my ex­pe­ri­ence I con­verted both pole po­si­tions into wins. For the team both th­ese rounds have been good, as we had a onetwo with Jaime in qual­i­fy­ing and he joined me on the podium in France again, in third, and ‘Fu­ji­gas’ fin­ished sec­ond in Great Bri­tain. Team Rep­sol Honda – Thank you.

Un­til Next Time – Ride On! – Toni


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