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Back home and full of confidence!

In his latest column for Crash.net, Bradley Smith looks ahead to the fifth round of the 2010 125cc World Championship - his home round at Silverstone, the British Grand Prix
So this is it the weekend I've been waiting for all year – my home Grand Prix at Silverstone. I've got more self confidence since Mugello than I've had for a long time and I know I have the ability to win on Sunday.

The likes of Terol, Espargaro and Marquez are good but not unbeatable. If we start on a level playing field and we find that little bit of top speed it's going to be down to me and I'm confident I can do it.

Right from that visit to the new Silverstone just a day after the Donington Grand Prix last year I've felt part of the new project. Every time I've visited the Porsche Performance Centre at the circuit I've seen the track and facilities grow each day and now the big moment has arrived. I've only been round the new track three times and that was on a push bike last Thursday when I competed in a duathlon event. It was very windy but I still managed to finish fifth overall and at least I'll know which way to turn out of the pits on Friday afternoon. My average speed for the three laps was 32.68 mph and I think I may have go quite a bit quicker on Sunday if I've got any chance.

There is no doubt the track is going to be very fast especially for the 125 and Moto2 riders. It's a flowing sweeping circuit and not overall very technical. You will really have to work the corners and squeeze everything out of the bike. Slipstreaming will be crucial and the technical parts are coming onto the two long straights at Chapel and Brooklands. I think it will be fantastic for spectators and let's keep our fingers crossed about the weather.

It's a journey into the unknown for all of us because no rider in any of the classes will have raced there before. It means that you can afford no duff laps in practice, qualifying or the warm-up on the morning of the race especially as the circuit is so long. There will be no previous data for the team to work on gearbox and suspension and we will build the bike up into race mode as we go along.

It's also exactly the same for the rider because you get to know a track better each year. Where to brake a little bit deeper, what bumps to miss and what gear is best for certain bends will just not be there over the weekend. That's why from that first practice on Friday afternoon you just must not waste any laps out on the track or back in the garage.

On Sunday our race is last in the grand prix race programme instead of first which will feel a little strange and require a change of routine. I'm used to completing the morning warm-up and then getting ready to go out and race. On Sunday I'm to have a long wait between warm-up and race at 14.30. I aim to relax and keep calm and also watch Moto2 and the MotoGP races.

The BBC Video Diary is coming on well and so don't forget if you can't make it to Silverstone it's due to go out at 14.10 on BBC television on Sunday. It's a busy time leading up to the grand prix with a special press conference at Lords Cricket Ground in the week to promote the event. Also on Friday I'm receiving the Pinhard Trophy after being voted the top young British motorcycle rider in Great Britain last year. There are some amazing names on the trophy including World Champions Mike Hailwood and Barry Sheene. Scott Redding will be presenting with the trophy after he won it last year thanks to his 125 cc win at the British Grand Prix two years ago.

Ihat is a good omen for the weekend and so let's hope I will presenting the trophy next year after winning the 2010 British 125 cc Grand Prix at Silverstone – I promise you it will not be down to lack of effort if I don't.


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Donnington - Unregistered

June 15, 2010 4:57 PM

Ignore the fishing comments from the poster above - Grow up mate. Anyways, GO BRADDERS!! Me and the lads will be cheering you on come Sunday, can't wait! Best of British luck.



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