I’m writing this after getting my first MotoGP podium at the Red Bull Ring, and the emotions are still fresh in my mind! It’s a feeling that I missed so much; the way you feel after a podium is something that you can’t explain in words, it’s an overwhelming rush of contentment and satisfaction. When you finally manage to achieve something that you’ve been working towards for a long time, it’s just such a great feeling.
Looking back to the race, a lot of people expected me to settle in third place to ‘guarantee’ a podium without taking risks, but when I was following Jack I knew I was a bit faster than him and maybe than Dovi too. Although it was difficult to overtake them and I was struggling a bit because I was on a used front tyre after the race restart. I knew I was in a strong position with the other riders a long way behind, so I did feel that a podium was assured. But as a rider you always strive for something more, it’s in my DNA - so when I saw the opportunity on the last lap I was ready to pounce and I took the inside line to pass Jack. My strongest points were turns 3 and 4, so I knew if I was going to make a move it should be there, in the end turn 3 was a bit risky but I kept him close and when he closed the line and went wide I improvised and took the opportunity to go up the inside.
With any podium result there’s always a ‘before and after’; you have to believe you can do it, then when you manage it you get a confidence boost, then the next stage is to repeat it. Once you have had the first one, you feel a lot better and more relaxed and in turn everything improves.
It was a really good achievement and it’s something we have to celebrate because for sure finishing in the Top 3 is what every rider on the grid is aiming for. I don’t think of second place as the first loser”. You know when you are fighting for the podium, that one day you will win…but first you have to be a consistent podium finisher.
You know when you are fighting for the podium, that one day you will win…but first you have to be a consistent podium finisher.
I dedicated the second place to all of Team Suzuki Ecstar -the people working hard at the track and the people working hard at home- but also to all my fans
Getting this result at the first of two back-to-back races at the same circuit is an advantage. In Jerez where we had two races at the same track it actually penalised us, because I didn’t finish the first race so then the following week we struggled due to a lack of data. So the fact that I already had one podium here in MotoGP is definitely helpful coming into this weekend, we already know where we are strong and where we can improve. But it’s the same for everyone who did well last week.
I dedicated the second place to all of Team Suzuki Ecstar - the people working hard at the track and the people working hard at home. But it was also really nice to read all the supportive and happy comments from my fans, I hope this weekend I can give them all another reason to cheer!