Despite a one-in-a-million chance of a cracked rear wheel the support I received from the Silverstone crowd when I got back out and then crossed the finishing line at the British Grand Prix just hit me.
Those fans are amazing and make all us British riders so determined to succeed and when my luck finally changes I’m going to repay the faith they have shown in me. As you can imagine I was distraught when I realised something was seriously wrong after a great start to the MotoGP race but the reception I received just makes me and the team totally determined to thank you - and we will.
After around three laps all of a sudden the rear tyre started to move around a bit. I first thought it was just a slight drop in grip because of the warmer conditions in a race situation. It just got worse and worse but I kept on fighting as much as I could.
Once team-mate Pol and the train came past me I tried to hang onto the back of them. Then I had a massive moment when I almost disappeared over the handlebars and my head told me over my heart – OK time to call it a day and get into the pits. I was desperate to get back out there and so I kept the Yamaha outside the garage in pit lane and got the team to put in a new rear wheel and carried on.
We have made a huge step forward running with a full fuel load and I made a great start. I passed Brno winner Dani Pedrosa and I was able to stop the bike well which is the first time since I’ve ridden in MotoGP.
The work we’d done in the test at Brno after the Grand Prix was a huge help and I did my fastest lap of the race on my first flying lap which is something I’ve never been able to do. I’ve always struggled in those early laps and everything was teed up to a perfect race because we’d turned round some of those weaknesses and my race pace was good.
It was one-in-a-million chance that a rear wheel cracks during in a race. It was our best set of wheels because in a race we put in the very best equipment as possible. The rear wheel had not completed too many miles and I don’t think it had been in any crashes.
I honestly don’t know what to say because we’ve had too many one-in-a-millions this season. Maybe it’s time to switch back to the right hand side of the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha garage because the left side is certainly not doing me too many favours.
There are no tubes in the tyres and a crack in the wheel means the air will start to escape from the sealed tyre. We run around 1.8 BAR pressure in a race and by the time I got back to the pits it was 0.6. I continued a little too long on that tyre for safety reasons but I’m there to finish races and wanted to thanks the crowd for that truly amazing support. I was not ready just to pack up.
We as a team have to take it because we can’t control these things. We are doing a great job with everything we can control. We worked on the weaknesses and had everything set for a really solid race and at least a sixth position. Something was missing and that was luck.
We still have six Grands Prix - a third of the season - to come and we have nothing to lose but really go for it. Forget championship positions it's a case of fighting for fifth place every race. I know we can do it because we have developed a setting that works at every race track.
We are doing so many great things but the Sunday curse continues but once it lifts and it will, we will be right on track. I have such an experienced team round me they understand that this is Grand Prix racing and the up and downs are all part of motorsport. I think they are more disappointed for me than they are for themselves. Everything we can control we are doing spot on and we continue to improve in all areas and the Silverstone weekend showed just that.
The build up to Silverstone and the actual weekend was great because of the truly unbelievable support I get from the fans, the team and the sponsors. Everybody turned up at Silverstone despite the problems we’ve had this season and just got fully behind everything we are trying to achieve.
The crowd were amazing and I felt they really understood the effort we are all putting in to achieve some British success. We may not be getting the British podium finishes we’ve had in the last couple of years for many reason but they are still 100 per cent behind us all.
Our next stop is at Misano on the Adriatic coast of Italy. The perfect venue for the sun to shine and that Sunday curse and those one-in-a-million happenings to finish.