It is difficult to explain the results from the last four races to you guys back home because it certainly does not look good.

I hope we can turn it round in Barcelona and show what I believe is possible because until the race in Mugello I was really happy and comfortable riding the bike.

There are loads of positives to take but it’s only the race that counts. That's where you need to showcase just what you can do and for the last four races we have not been able to do that.

It's so frustrating because every road I go down at the moment seems to be booby-trapped. But I’m not going to make up any excuses and I just hope we can string together some solid results in Barcelona, Assen and at the Sachsenring before the summer break and put those other races behind us.

It didn’t feel like I was going to crash but at Arrabiata One I got in there touched the throttle which lifted the front end of the bike and down I went


I felt a lot happier at Mugello after we changed the seating position. I felt I was riding my bike again and we were very competitive all weekend and were very pleased with my lap time in qualifying. That was good enough for seventh and to be close enough time-wise to be fighting for a front row start was a big plus. Then my pace in warm-up with a full fuel load was also really positive which made me excited for the race.

It was a team decision to go with the harder option front tyre for the race although I had not tested it for more than three laps during the whole weekend. Everybody had chosen that tyre and it seemed the correct thing to do but right from the first lap I knew it did not have the same grip.

It didn’t feel like I was going to crash but at Arrabiata One, I touched the throttle which lifted the front end of the bike and down I went. It was frustrating to end up in the gravel because we’d done a good job up to that point. We felt we’d turned it round from Jerez and Le Mans and were a lot happier about how everything was working and we understood the bike a lot more.

Bradley Smith

I’m determined not to get down about it and have plenty to keep me occupied ahead of the Barcelona race later this month.  This week I’ll be in Italy training before flying to the Isle of Man to do a parade lap at the TT. Then there’s a PR event in France on Saturday before a couple of days chilling at home in the mountains of Andorra.

I love the atmosphere of the TT and for the last two years I’ve been over there sat in the hotel with the rain preventing any laps on a bike. I’m really excited to actually ride the track on the R1 Yamaha after having only gone round in a car previously. It will also be amazing to witness the Senior Race on Friday because I have nothing but utter respect for the guys who race on the mountain circuit.

I’ll be quite happy riding at the back and going nice and slowly because with my current run of fortune it might be wise to give it a miss.

One thing for certain is that I will not be following Isle of Man resident Cal around because I’ve see those pictures of him in the hedge.