The first night of practice reminded me why I go to the Isle of Man, but if I had to sum up the 2015 TT it was something and nothing. I was learning, the team was learning and I was confident, but it didn’t happen for us.
There are no big emotions. It doesn’t bother me that I’ve built up to a big race that ends in a disappointing way, like that one did. It happens. I would be happier if it didn’t, but that’s the way it goes. It’s another of life’s experiences and nothing more. I enjoyed the TT, because I got to ride my bike. I have to look at it as a holiday from work.
In the Senior I proved I could do the times. I did a 132mph lap and it didn’t feel quick. When you’re smooth you can go quickly without feeling like you are, because the bike is so settled. It feels good when you exit a corner in fifth gear and run right out to the kerb, but the thing’s not bucking and weaving or leaving dark lines.
The Metzeler tyres were spot on. In the past we might have been playing catch-up, but now everyone is trying to catch up with Metzeler.
I’m not 100 per cent decided, but that might be the last time I race there.
The electrics failed within three miles of the start of the first race, the Superbike, and we never got to the bottom of what the problem was.
The team just had to change everything on the electrical side. I took the loom apart, just for my own peace of mind, and found two slightly damaged wires, which might or might not have been the problem. There was nothing obvious, but after we changed everything the bike ran perfectly, but I’d lost six laps of experience.