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MotoGP Misano: Smith 'Ducati will keep us on our toes'

Bradley Smith is keen to put his misfortune at the British MotoGP behind him this weekend at Misano.

The Englishman suffered a cracked wheel rim at Silverstone, but his strong pace and the reaction from the home crowd was enough for him to see plenty of positives for Smith.

When asked if anything had come to light since Silverstone as to the cause of his wheel failure Smith said.

"It was a stress fracture caused by no impact or no crash on the wheels. It was under mileage so it was just a stress fracture which is very frustrating and it's now changed our running life for the wheels in the future to lower our limit on them.

"We'll have some new wheels for this weekend and the idea is to use the freshest set of wheels in the race. I was gutted by it happening at Silverstone because my pace in Free Practice and Warm-up was really good and we had so many good things."

Yamaha has been the dominant manufacturer since Misano's return to the calendar in 2007 with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo claiming four wins.

Last year's race in Misano was a difficult one for Smith with the class rookie finishing 11th and almost 50s off the Lorenzo's winning time. Progress at the post race test however gave him confidence of a strong weekend.

"I'm excited to get here even though we struggled quite a bit last year, but it was a good learning GP and I went half a second quicker on the Monday at the test just from a few setup changes that we did. I suppose that that test was the starting point of us starting to go down the more 'normal' Yamaha route in terms of setting the bike up.

"I've always had good results here and I've had a few pole positions and good results. Going off what Yamaha has done here the last few years I'm excited but tyres will be different this year compared to the past so we have to see how the Yamaha copes with that. At the moment maybe less grip and cooler conditions and some rain will mean that maybe on Friday we won't be as strong as at Silverstone but on Saturday I can imagine everyone coming back stronger."

At Silverstone Andrea Dovizioso had his strongest dry weather race on the Ducati and with the home team having tested at Misano three weeks ago Smith admitted that it is likely that they will be more competitive at Misano than they have been for most of the season.

"Andrea Dovizioso found something at Silverstone and with Ducati having tested here fifth place might be a bit tricky for us here. Even last year they went well here, it was one of their strongest races as a team with all four riders, so we have to be on our toes and as close to them as we can. Yamaha has won here the last three years with Jorge so we need to take the positives from that and push forward."

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September 12, 2014 9:19 AM

A typical race weekend for Bradley Smith Thursday: Explain how you've learnt at lot from the last race and how you expect to be pushing for fifth place where the bike 'deserves' to be. Friday-Saturday Practice: Have one good practice result (maybe using a softer tyre) and two very average mid-pack finishes and a couple of highsides. Focus on the one good result saying you're confident of pushing the front guys. Qualifying: Finish 8th. Make sure rookie team-mate beats you. Race: Decent start but fade away to be further away from the leaders than ever before. Be the last Yamaha finisher and be beaten by all the ducatis (except Crutchlow) and maybe a open class rider. Post-race: Make some excuse. Blame bad luck. Then make a totally false claim that your times were good enough to finish in the top 4 if it were not for that bad luck Rinse and repeat


September 12, 2014 8:18 AM
Last Edited 774 days ago

Lorenzo, having won at Misano for the past three consecutive seasons and having never finished lower than second since the circuit rejoined the GP calender back in 2007, states publicly that his extraordinary achievements will give him no advantages to the race for this weekend. On the other hand, Smith, having claimed one pole position back in 2009 on a 125cc 2-stroke machine, states it will give him a huge advantage. Has he forgotten that he had even failed to advance to the Q2 in the last year's event? How contrary.....

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