There is nothing I would like more than arriving at Silverstone in three weeks’ time for the Hertz British Grand Prix with two good results at Indianapolis and Brno in the bag.
A new contract in my back pocket for 2015 would make it the perfect journey home.
I’ve had a good rest. The injuries, apart from a few scabs on my shin and little finger, have cleared up, and I can’t wait to get back on that M1 Yamaha at the ‘Brickyard’ this weekend.
During the break, I had plenty of time to think about those first nine grands prix.
Where we went wrong and most importantly about the mistakes I made, the crashes that were unavoidable and the crashes that were definitely my fault.
I took a long hard look at our whole structure, and I decided it’s down to me to lead the guys in a more balanced and less emotional way.
My future with the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha will be decided in the next three or four races, and MotoGP, like all other international sports, is a results-driven game.
I’ve quickly got to start transferring my pace in practice and qualifying into race results.
It sounds so simple, but as I’ve shown in that first half of the season, it’s not.
The break was great with eight days down in the Cote D’Azur in France really re-charging the batteries.
I’ve never had time to look around the area before and enjoyed sightseeing plus some time on the beach, but no more than a couple of hours at a time with my ginger hair.
Surprise, surprise I planned the little trip just when the Tour de France happened to be coming through.
We watched a fairly flat stage, but found we were staying in the same hotel as Team Sky.
I sat in the lounge pretending to read the newspaper, but watching just how meticulous and planned their whole preparation is for each day.
It was brilliant to watch and hopefully I learnt something.
I also managed plenty of motorcycle riding to keep my hand in.
There were trials bikes at home in Andorra, and some mini dirt tracking in Aragon with Kenny Noyes, Simon Crafer and Jules Cluzel.
Then it was back to my parents’ home near Oxford for some good old-fashioned motocross.
While back in England I went to the British Superbike Championship meeting at Thruxton.
To be honest, I was not sure just how the British public reaction would be after that disappointing first half of the season.
They were brilliant – of course they all wanted to know what was going to happen next year, but their support and interest in three 40-minute autograph and selfie sessions was such a boost for me.
They are all coming to Silverstone to support the British riders in three weeks’ time.
The British Superbike Championship was fantastic and what a great job they have done with all classes and at all levels of funding.
There is certainly plenty of British talent about and l would like to think we will see some of them in action in the MotoGP world championship in future years.
The highlight for me was Georgina Polden’s third place in the 125cc class.
I’ve known Georgina and her Oxfordshire family for a long time and we’ve been motocrossing together.
Despite her lack of experience at that level, she was tremendous and definitely one of those British riders we could see joining us in the next few years.
Thank-you everybody at Thruxton for your support and belief.
The most important nine races of my career start at Indianapolis on Sunday.
No point in hiding the facts.
I’ve got to perform at these next few grands prix to secure my future in MotoGP.
It’s down to me, and me only, and I’m really up for it.
8:30pm Friday 28th August 2015
ANOTHER solid round saw Oxfordshire’s Eddie Pepperell finish four shots behind the leaders in the Czech Masters.
4:26pm Friday 28th August 2015
OXFORDSHIRE’S Bradley Smith was third fastest after the first day of free practice at the British MotoGP at Silverstone today.
3:40pm Friday 28th August 2015
GREAT & Little Tew’s promotion hopes were given a big boost when tomorrow's scheduled opponents Dinton handed them a walkover.
12:00pm Friday 28th August 2015
JOSH Ruffels believes the increased competition in midfield has made him a better player, even though he is not getting in the side.
9:30am Friday 28th August 2015
ALEX MacDonald is working on making improvements in his game after admitting he is suffering a frustrating start to the season with Oxford United.
9:20am Friday 28th August 2015
ON the final whistle tomorrow Oxford United will know without consulting the league table whether they are ahead of schedule, or playing catch-up.
9:00am Friday 28th August 2015
OXFORD United are cautiously optimistic ahead of the results from a scan on Sam Long’s injured ankle today.
8:30am Friday 28th August 2015
DAVID King will be included in Oxford City’s squad for the first time as they host bottom side Weston-super-Mare in Vanarama National League South tomorrow afternoon.
8:00am Friday 28th August 2015
OXFORD United supporters are being encouraged to dig out shirts from the back of their wardrobe to take part in retro day.
7:30am Friday 28th August 2015
WANTAGE Town boss Daniel Barry believes his side are underdogs in tonight's derby at home to Didcot Town in the Emirates FA Cup preliminary round (7.45).