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Dutch MotoGP: Smith mugs Ducati duo on final lap

'With my wrist injury continuing to cause me a problem, today was probably my hardest race of the year' - Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith pounced with a final lap swoop to edge ahead of Ducati pair Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden to claim ninth place in the Dutch MotoGP at Assen.

Smith had qualified in a brilliant sixth position on the second row on the Tech 3 Yamaha machine, but dropped back at the beginning of the race.

He slipped to 11th position but with a final huge effort, the British MotoGP rookie made up two places on the last lap to earn his fifth consecutive top ten finish on the satellite M1.

“With my wrist injury continuing to cause me a problem, today was probably my hardest race of the year,” said Smith.

“After the operation immediately after Catalunya I expected it to be better than the last two races but to be honest I have a few more problems now.

“So it was a good race and to be able to get ninth on the last lap is a good situation.

“The distance to [Stefan] Bradl was quite similar to Barcelona and truthfully this ninth feels better than the sixth I got in Barcelona, because today I really had to battle and nobody crashed,” he added.

“The gap to the front is quite similar to Barcelona and obviously the big positive of the weekend was starting on the second row.

“I knew finishing seventh was going to be a best case scenario because I knew Jorge was going to be coming through.”

Smith feels he is still losing time at the beginning of races but is in an upbeat frame of mind ahead of the next race at the Sachsenring in Germany.

“I stayed consistent and my pace in the second half of the race was strong. I still need to work on the set-up for the early laps but I can go to Germany with a lot of confidence.

“I've scored another top ten and beaten two very experienced riders on the final lap,” he said.

“And hopefully the wrist will be less of a problem at Germany and I can be in a bit less discomfort than here.”

Tagged as: Andrea Dovizioso , Smith , hayden , Bradl

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June 29, 2013 8:37 PM

2 seconds behind Bautista in 7th another very credible performance from Smith with no crashes in the race. Even better to take the two factory Ducati boys on the last lap. If MM was not present I believe more people would show a little more respect to Bradders.


June 29, 2013 8:35 PM

Well done Brad!! You are learning on a very tight curve and you keep improving race by race. I can see that you are getting to grips with the tech 3 Yamaha and you are able to push harder and harder!! I will stick my neck on the line and say that at some point this season you will become the 6th best rider on merit! Time is your friend and your patience and perseverance will prevail!!!!

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