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