John’s Blog: Jerez GP, Day One
It’s good to be back in Europe and on a track we know well. Still feeling a little jet lagged as we only got back from Argentina late on Wednesday and the journey was a long haul with a lot of waiting around in airports.
Luckily I got a good sleep on the flights so that helped a bit but my body time clock is still out. I had a clutch problem in the first practice session so time in the garage limited the number of laps I could do and I was not 100% percent happy with its set up. However I managed to do a reasonable time when I went back out and ended 15th overall.
I was happier with second practice and to finish 7th 0.407s off Effren in first place is really satisfying. I came in twice and put my best time in just after going out the second time. Towards the end of the session the traffic was slowing most riders up. The clutch is fine again and the engine was running well, as it has done all year.
I could still use some more feel from the chassis as the bike didn’t feel very stable, but with the really hot conditions that’s probably more about tyres and the track temperature. Once again it’s really close with the top twelve riders all within a second, so it’s going to be really important to catch a good lap in qualifying.
The forecast says the conditions will be about the same, so we know what to expect and we’re there or thereabouts so I’m looking forward to it.
Hope you’ll be watching – and as always, thanks for all your support and messages,