i'm only now beginning to even feel like writing -
first to Alain - no apology necessary. i saw you in PLENTY of time to back off, but since you'd had a couple other 'offs' and i'd gotten by, i thought (wrongly) that you'd not fight.
i don't blame you! you stayed left, and gave me room to overtake - the problem was i pressed to overtake and couldn't hold the track
second to Francois - sir - as Pepe wrote, you've really improved! now is not the time to question your ability. maybe you've never had a setback after some success? i'm having about my worst season EVER (20 years) so i don't want to hear/read "i'm not of cold blood"
third - my qual was satisfying - esp in the beast - at p8... thru early going i had managed to gain p5 but Alain kept taking it from me. my off lost it well & good.
another brain fade as i approached the hairpin, i don't know how to explain, i downshifted too soon? turned in too early? both? result was a spin off to the inside and i felt in a terrible place to rejoin. finally with several back/forth i was back in the race, but now p9 or p10... doesn't matter. i was far back from my own doing, and now just 2 laps remain, so i will be happy with a finish... except that didn't happen.
on to Nurby! grats to George (someone to best Tames!)... tho i read in iGor later Tames was suffering from flu
and he still managed p2!!?? with Claudio taking final podium spot! you guys may not have noticed but since his return from holiday, Claudio has become a front runner! .... maybe a holiday is what i need?