Final postion: race 1, did not finish – race 2, 4th.
“In race 1 we used the smaller rear tyre, and the grip level was quite ok. Suddenly, after nine or ten laps the grip level dropped down. It took only another couple of laps and the tyre was gone completely. It was impossible to continue riding, so I decided to come back to the garage.
In race 2 we used the bigger rear tyre. I originally preferred this tyre but we only had one to ride before the races. When we tested the bigger tyre in practice, we had more chattering than with the small one, but did not have the opportunity to fix this issue. As a result we focused on the small tyre for race 1. For race 2 we took the risk to go for the bigger tyre. The bike felt much more consistent and the grip level was much better but unfortunately the chattering was still really bad, so overtaking was tough.
On lap 4 I was behind Carlos. I tried to pass him in turn four where I felt strong in braking. We were side by side, so I expected him to see me, but when we started to flick into the corner he seemed not to realize that I was next to him as he touched my leg with his shoulder and he lost the front. I am very sorry. Carlos is a great guy and a fair sportsman.
Here in Misano I raced with a special helmet design. We will organize an auction on eBay in the next couple of days and donate the money to the people in Emilia Romagna who suffered as a result of the earthquake. Just follow me on Twitter and you will find out more about the details.”