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MotoGP Indianapolis: Smith 'reopens' finger, ok to race

"I am all ok for tomorrow's race and have only reopened my finger" - Bradley Smith.
Bradley Smith will be able to start Sunday's Indianapolis MotoGP despite re-injuring his finger at the end of qualifying.

The Englishman highsided from his Monster Yamaha through the fast first turn, with his arm and leg tangled in the machine as he slid off the circuit.

"It goes without saying that a fall is never the most ideal way to complete the session, but fortunately I am all ok for tomorrow's race and have only reopened my finger,” said Smith, who qualified in ninth, 0.7s from pole sitter Marc Marquez.

“The cause of the fall was because I was asking a little too much of the rear tyre as it would have lasted a maximum of almost two laps, but I tried to do three. The time itself was acceptable and I am happy to be on the third row, even though I know I could have been faster.

“The team and I undertook some really positive work during FP4 to prepare ourselves for the race where I used the hard tyre which certainly felt comfortable. We have made no decision on the choice of compound for tomorrow, but we'll wait and see how the grip levels are in warm up before tactfully deciding.

“Either way, I am happy with either choice of tyre as well as how the Yamaha feels and so am looking forward to getting a strong start plus having a positive race from the third row."

Smith fell five times during the previous German Grand Prix weekend, but had a trouble free Indianapolis until qualifying.

Team-mate Pol Espargaro will line-up sixth on Sunday's grid.

"Overall, I am quite satisfied with the second row as qualifying result today and I feel really confident for the race tomorrow,” said the MotoGP rookie. “There are two open class bikes in front and I am convinced that I have a better race pace so with a strong start off the grid, we should be able to overhaul them and get into the top five which is what I am aiming for.”

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August 10, 2014 5:19 PM

At this rate there must be a whole queue of bed and mattress manufacturers lined up to sponsor Brad ... anyone that spends THAT much time lying around the various tracks of the world championship must be VERY marketable for them.

Simon Cartledge

August 10, 2014 10:06 AM

I think that if Brad had not fallen in the last few laps at Qatar (and had got the podium he was in line for) his whole campaign could have been so so different. Things aren't looking good for the lad at the moment.

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