An accident in Sunday's German MotoGP brought Bradley Smith's weekend fall total to five, with his injuries from Saturday morning leaving a clear mark on the Englishman, who needed stiches to his leg.

However speaking after the race Smith was still in good spirits and confident that he had been able to get more out of the bike this weekend compared to others.

"We're pushing the limit of the bike and trying to bring my own riding to the next level," said the Monster Yamaha tech 3 rider. "For me having eighth position pace isn't acceptable now and you have to squeeze that little bit more. This weekend I was able to find what it was but I got caught out in a few situations. At the end of the day you're in a situation where performance is everything and you have to show you have the ability to take it to that next level.

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"I have shown that I have the speed but I just need to iron out the mistakes. Maybe this track wasn't the weekend to do it, there were a lot more crashes than normal and this track caught out a lot of riders and there wasn't a lot of grip. In the race I was running six steps stronger traction control than on Friday, so those two highsides could be down to not having enough traction control but the rest I take full responsibility for."

His race crash saw him fall at Turn 3 on lap 4 of 30, having been battling with Valentino Rossi and trying to follow the Italian past Hector Barbera, one of the few riders not to start from pit lane.

The tricky conditions, which saw rain fall just before the start, saw Smith caught out by the damp white lines.

"It's been a tough weekend with five crashes so it's not been a lucky weekend for me or a positive one but I've been fast and competitive all weekend and when I'm on the bike I've been fast so we just need to figure out how to make it translate to races on Sunday.

"The race was disappointing and I ended up hitting a wet white line when I tried to pass Barbera. Valentino passed Barbera into turn one and I tried between three and four and as I cut back up the hill I touched the white line. Obviously the water had trickled down and was still damp.

"Once I remounted I had fifth place speed with a damaged bike but it's another 'if, but and maybe' but I take some support in the fact that I was competitive, fast and didn't give up."

Smith crossed the finish line in 19th and has lost tenth in the world championship to Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista by two points.


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MotoGP can only get better without Bradl. He was rubbish from day 1.