Was this year quite a mind-boggling time for you? Both for becoming a father and that emphatic turnaround on a professional level?
Hmmm, not really, you know. At the start of the year I honestly believed I was riding better than I was at the end. It was just that nothing went my way. I had to jump off the bike in the race at Qatar otherwise I would have been fifth or sixth. In Argentina I crashed on a wet-patch, like six others. In Austin I crashed pushing too hard. In Jerez I had a rear tyre that should not have been on the grid. I had no points basically. Was it four points? I don't even know what the f**k I had. My pace was good at that time and for whatever reason it wasn't converting into results. Only my team and Honda knew the situation. Everyone else was saying ‘blah, blah, blah, you’ll retire at the end of the year, you’re done…’-