No good dwelling on the Brno result and unfortunately it seems to be the way my season has panned out, but it certainly keeps me focused and ready for Silverstone.
We have the pace to be achieving all our objectives and I could think of nowhere better than Silverstone to start showing what we can do in the race.
All the signs are there.
I said before Indianapolis that I wanted to come into my home grand prix with a couple of good results and a new 2015 contract in my back pocket.
I didn’t quite achieve all three, but I’m so looking forward to the Hertz British Grand Prix after a very encouraging couple of weeks.
I knew I must finish at Indianapolis, even if it was just a midway step by riding smart and getting a decent result, so sixth place just about fitted the bill.
After signing my new contract I really wanted to step it up at Brno in the Czech Republic.
Qualifying in fourth place just five-thousandths of a second from the front row and a very encouraging morning warm-up really set me up, but I didn’t come away with the result I was expecting. I’m sure I could have been fighting for fifth, but finished ninth.
For the first couple of laps I was so engaged in the race in front of me with so much going on my mind, I didn’t concentrate on actually what was really happening.
Three laps in, I knew that I had a problem. I tried everything I could to stop the rear wheel spinning by changing my lines going into deeper, going in later and trying to be smoother.
I was more aggressive and even tried to sit on the back of the seat to find grip.
I saw teammate Pol (Espargaro) crash and I was also starting to lose the front end at some places.
It would have been easy to throw it down the road in frustration, but you have to be patient and get it home.
Bridgestone do a great job 95 per cent of the time and I was unlucky I had a problem with my rear tyre similar to the one in Barcelona.
Normally, you are unfortunate if you get two punctures a season, but to get both in one race makes you particularly unlucky.
After the great job in qualifying, the warm-up went so well with a full fuel load and on a rear tyre we used in qualifying, I felt solid and I was getting faster.
I’m busy preparing for Silverstone.
We arrive home with 12 months more experience and in a much better position.
Last year, I was hoping I might squeeze a top-ten finish, but this year we are confident of pushing for the top five.
It was also great seeing two factory Yamahas on the podium at Brno. That first win of the year will come and could well happen at Silverstone.
Meanwhile, I found out about the 2015 contract after the race at Indianapolis from Herve Poncharal which certainly made the flight home that extra bit special.
I got a great night’s sleep, so had been a great weight on my mind.
It made getting and training the next day so much easier and I arrived in Brno with a real spring in my step and loads of people congratulated me on the renewal and my qualifying display.
It made me feel upbeat, even if ninth place was not the result we expected.
Marc (Marquez) was unlucky as he did not put a foot wrong and it was a technical problem preventing him setting the record of 11 straight wins at the start of the season.
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Latest Sport news
5:21pm Friday 21st November 2014
VETERAN fly half Gordon Ross will make his first Aviva Premiership start of the season when London Welsh host Leicester Tigers at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium on Sunday (3.15).
2:00pm Friday 21st November 2014
MICHAEL Appleton is keen to explore further the talent pool on offer in Ireland following the signing of Patrick Hoban.
1:50pm Friday 21st November 2014
Here's our match preview spread for Oxford United v AFC Wimbledon with links to all the stories to explore.
11:37am Friday 21st November 2014
Oxford City have added to their multi-national squad by signing French midfielder Mamadou Fofana.
10:31am Friday 21st November 2014
LONDON Welsh have today announced the signing of Wales Rugby League international wing Elliot Kear from Bradford Bulls.
9:20am Friday 21st November 2014
NOT many players would pick Sky Bet League Two over the Champions League, but Patrick Hoban is relishing the prospect of a second crack at playing football in England.
9:10am Friday 21st November 2014
Patrick Hoban has put pen to paper at Oxford United, but will have to watch for six weeks before his debut.
9:00am Friday 21st November 2014
CHEY Dunkley is unfazed about the prospect of battling with three more experienced centre halves to get into the Oxford United side.
8:20am Friday 21st November 2014
SAM Long remains in Oxford United’s long-term plans, according to head coach Michael Appleton.
8:20am Friday 21st November 2014
OXFORD United will not have to worry about Sean Rigg returning to haunt them tomorrow after the AFC Wimbledon winger was hit by a ban.