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Czech MotoGP: Smith matches best MotoGP qualifying

'I am less than 0.5s away from pole position and very close to the top three and it shows the progress I am making' - Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith equalled his best ever MotoGP qualifying result as the series rookie secured a second row start after posting the sixth fastest time at Brno in the Czech Republic.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider clocked an impressive lap of 1m 56.014s to finish less than half a second behind team-mate and pole-sitter Cal Crutchlow ahead of tomorrow's 11th round of the championship.

Smith narrowly missed out on the front row by 0.1s as the 22-year-old continues to grow in stature in his debut season in the class.

The British prospect has now qualified inside the top ten for the last five races on the satellite YZR-M1 and is focused on replicating his qualifying performance on race day.

“Today was another great day for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. It is very exciting to have Cal on pole position again and from my side of the garage it is a brilliant achievement to be in the top six,” said Smith.

“The atmosphere in the team is great and both of us are really looking forward to the race tomorrow. I am less than 0.5s away from pole position and very close to the top three and it shows the progress I am making.

“We've made some changes to the front-end of the bike and it is really working. Now my main focus will be to remain smooth at the start of the race and not make mistakes like I did in Indianapolis.”

Smith is anticipating a tough race tomorrow and is determined to make a solid start as he bids to stay in touch with the leading group.

“It is going to be a hard race over 22 laps because this track is very physical and it is very important to keep on a good line,” he said. “I will try and get a good rest tonight and be ready for tomorrow.

“Getting a good start like in Indianapolis will be important and then I will try and learn as much as possible.”




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SmokinHaddock

August 24, 2013 6:17 PM

He is on the second row of the grid part way through his first season, 0.1 off front row........and he doesn't have it. Wow! H8R, I wish had your insight into what it takes to develop a top class racer. Were you also a part of the army of critics criticising him for not blowing away all the CRTs and the ducatis? Let me see now, where are those bikes compared to Brad? If you think 0.5 is a lifetime, then it's a millennia back to those guys now.



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