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 IT’S BEEN A while since my last blog and I’ve got loads to fill you in on. My winter break started in November with me undergoing surgery to get the metal removed from my tibia. This put me out for a few weeks so I just concentrated on the rehab and training. Also during this time my new team was hard at work ordering and making new parts for the bike, and testing a new engine spec on the dyno. The boys did lots of long, cold days, but it was very beneficial.


Christmas was pretty much the same as always at home with the family, then on Boxing Day we all went off on holiday to the Maldives for a bit of winter sun. I managed to get in a little training while I was over there, but the days were spent mainly playing by the pool. My daughter Ava is now swimming without arm bands which made it a busy holiday.


From there I flew straight to Spain to join the Lowes twins on our training camp, which was awesome. We rented a big house and got a friend over to help maintain the bikes so basically we could train, cycle and ride either MX or supermoto everyday. We were out there until the end of January then we all left to go testing with our new teams and bikes. I was at Jerez and, for our first time out, it went really good.


Back home, my sister had been working really hard as she was opening a business called Clip and Climb in Derby, which is a rock climbing centre for all ages, and we have had some great fun there. After that, it was over to Texas for the Colin Edwards boot camp. They call it the ‘racer camp’ as you basically stay on site with 20 other racers and ride flat track every day from 8am ‘til midnight, with some gun shooting thrown in too. It was such a great week. After I got back from Texas I was straight back to Spain for the main bulk of testing with my race bike. We did four days at Cartagena and two in Guadix and it couldn’t have gone any better. We got through our entire test schedule and came away with a new circuit record at Guadix, too.


Since I’ve been back to the UK I’ve been working hard in the gym and managed a couple of games of golf and some pit biking with my dad.


So basically I have had a great winter but it’s been way too long, I’m just happy the race season is here again. We got off to a perfect start at the season opener at Donington, taking a double win – which was brilliant to do at what is effectively my home track. Last weekend at Brands we were able to bag some more podium credits with a second and a third place, not bad for a track where we struggle to get the ideal set up. We now head to Oulton Park on May bank holiday as championship leaders, so it’s so far so good.