I had a bad time, saving each zone nearly at the limit, but in the end I got a fantastic first place
Bou was able to recover from the injury in his right knee, sustained yesterday during the official test session and led his first lap with 20 points.
The Repsol Honda Team rider kept his advantage during the second pass and took a victory that increased his lead in the championship up to 23 points.
Takahisa Fujinami had a great performance in today’s two passes and finished third.
I’m very happy, specially after what happened yesterday. I had a complicated time tonight, with lots of liquid in my knee, but during the race I was able to stand the pain. Thank you to the team and specially to my team mate Fujinami, who also suffered a similar knee injury. I had a bad time, saving each zone nearly at the limit, but in the end I got a fantastic first place that is great for the championship.
After Japan it was difficult to get my confidence back, with bad races in Andorra and Portugal, but I could finally get on the podium again after recovering the good feeling in France. I’m also very happy for my team mate Toni [Bou], specially after injuring his knee. Today I had a small crash in zone four, but I did my best to be able to finish third. We are on the good track to face the end of the championship, but we’ll have to keep working