BSB » Smrz 'very excited' by BSB switch

'Sure, it won't be easy to be on top in such a difficult championship and a different bike, but we'll do everything to arrive there quickly' - Jakub Smrz

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Steve - Unregistered

September 10, 2012 7:41 PM

Great coupe for splitlath but got to question the motivation behind Smrz move. The bloke is seriously fast and deserves to be in WSBK. I can't see splitlath offering him lots of money? This guy is probably the class of the field but IMO doesn't have a bike to match his ability.


September 10, 2012 8:45 PM

Aitchison did get it moving at Cadwell in qualifying and race 1 before his off.

I heard Derek Redmond say they have got Smrz's setup for Assen from his Aprilia from 2 years back (1st half of 2010 when PATA had a Aprilia) to put on the bike. That'll either work or screw it up if the current bike is significantly different to the WSBK spec from 2 years ago.

stigers - Unregistered

September 10, 2012 9:30 PM

Smrz achieved nothing on the Pata Aprilia and i am 100% certain that the Pata bike ridden by Smrz in WSBK would have been a better bike than the bike Splitlath can give him to ride.
Also Smrz is as fast as anyone in Wsbk on a Q but this solution is not available in BSB for qualifying.
A good rider for sure especially over one lap but he belongs in WSBK and he will be using Splitlath to earn a few dollars until something better comes along.
If the next BSB round was to be held at Thruxton i bet he wouldn't be riding the Splitlath bike there.
Kuba loves Assen and he has raced at Silverstone and Brands hatch and he needs the money.
Smrz is a class act and may suprise a few people in the last 3 rounds but to sign for 2 years in BSB with Splitlath.

Fitzjnr - Unregistered

September 10, 2012 9:42 PM

A current BSB rider had been offered the ride but they wanted paying for it and he wanted paid to ride it.

I reckon Smrz is taking funds with him. On paper there is no reason why the bike should not be competitive but the team seems to be a shambles like Liberty.

Shame for him though, he deserves so much better than this.

I hope this does not end his career.

Big mart - Unregistered

September 10, 2012 10:32 PM

The way they hire and fire people I'm sure it won't engender loyalty from a new rider.
I suspect smrz will be off when a better ride comes up, and splitlaith will have had the moment of publicity they wanted. A win,win .... unless your names john laverty.
He did well to keep a lid on it in his interview as I reckon he was spitting!!!

Splitlaith don't promote a good image of bsb
It seems they worry about publicity as much as results

stigers - Unregistered

September 10, 2012 11:50 PM

totally agree big mart.every oppotunity Derek Redmond has he sticks his face in front of the camera.
Splitlath seem to be a team that love the publicity that the BSB elite team status brings with it but appear to be way of the mark when it comes to supplying a competative bike for their riders.
If Smrz signs to race in BSB next year it will be with a better team than splitlath,They are all show and no go.As Mart says'a bad advert for BSB'

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