There is no margin for error on most of the tracks I race on. To win any real road race you don’t just need to have a good bike, you have to be in the right frame of mind and you need a very good team preparing the bike for you, a bike that you can trust.
Because I do a lot of other stuff, whether it’s working on trucks or taking part in 24-hour mountain bike races, people think I’m not as focussed on road racing as other riders, but I am totally focussed every time I get on my race bike. There are days when something might not be dead right, either with me or the bike. When it’s a day like that I hold up my hands and say, I was beaten by a better man. But I know there is a time and a place to push, and things go wrong if you push when things aren’t right. When everything is, I can challenge for wins. I’ve proved that.
That team includes the mechanics working on it and the people supplying the tyres. I trust my team 100 per cent, so then it’s down to us working together to get our bike set up on the day and me going out there and doing the business.