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Mugello: Smith soldiers on for Mugello top ten

The injured Bradley Smith soldiers on to claim a top ten finish in the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.
Bradley Smith says he can take heart from finishing ninth in the Italian Grand Prix at the end of a weekend that saw him struggle with injuries sustained in a practice crash.

Already nursing a painful shoulder and a damaged finger, Smith suffered a further set-back with another crash during morning warm-up, but the plucky Briton was still able to make the race start.

Despite the demanding nature of the Mugello circuit, Smith was satisfied with his competitive run to ninth position in the circumstances but is now looking forward to some respite ahead of the next event in Spain.

“To be honest ninth position was obviously a really good result considering the circumstances of today. This morning's crash was the last thing I needed, so to be able to go the whole race distance with just one mistake was positive for me.

“I had a lot of problems with my left hand as well as with my wrist and it was magnified with Mugello being such physically demanding track. So I believe I did a really good job. It would have been good to beat (Aleix) Espargaro at the end but considering the whole weekend I should be satisfied with another top ten result.

“After a very difficult weekend for my body I just need to rest as much as I can to put me in the best possible condition for Barcelona. We still learned a lot during these tough days, especially from the big crashes, but I suppose that's all part of the game on my way to becoming a better MotoGP rider."

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June 02, 2013 5:49 PM

I thought Bradley put in a good ride all things considered. After that massive highside in warm up I was a bit surprised to even see him out there. Respect to him for braving the discomfort when he needs a skin graft tomorrow.

Boris - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 7:43 PM

"a bit beat up" doesn't really take into account the damage he did to his hand. Going to lose a section of it in the op tomorrow. If that's not a sign of where his intent to be the best he can be lies I don't know what is. I'm amazed at the kicking Smith gets on this site. 1st year to learn, is what Tech3 asked for. It's what they are getting. Cal did the same and look at him now. He's not a Marquez. He's not a Lorenzo. But he's a lot better than most seem to want to give him credit for. I suspect his team mate next year might be another Brit from Moto2.

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