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MotoGP Jerez: Eighth ‘better than expected’ for Smith

The Englishman was unable to carry sufficient corner speed through Jerez's fast rights and lefts but was content with a solid top-ten finish
Bradley Smith's issues through Jerez's high-speed corners continued into Sunday's 27-lap race but the Englishman was content to finish eighth.

The Tech 3 man suffered three crashes throughout the race weekend, including one in morning warm-up, and was never able to find the front-end feel required to challenge at the 2.7 mile Andalusian track.

Starting from tenth, Smith took advantage of Andrea Dovizioso's early off-track excursion to sit seventh after two laps.

Andrea Iannone's run through the field then pushed him back a place and, although disappointed with not catching Aleix Espargaro's Suzuki, Smith believes he did the best he could with the available setting.

“We weren't able to find a setting that allowed me to carry the corner speed needed to go around the place fast enough,” said Smith. “I think I was closer than I was going to be. I nearly got a seventh which was better than first expected. I didn't have the bike or the feeling all weekend to really fight for anything better than what we did. It was good to beat Dovi. Ok, he ran off but looking at the lap times they were pretty similar.

“It was a bit of a shame not to catch Aleix but I got as close as I could without throwing it down the road. We were limited. I couldn't carry any corner speed. My two crashes was me trying to carry the corner speed and release the brake like the other Yamahas do and I kept tucking the front.

"I had to ride appropriate for the conditions. We're going to have to work more tomorrow to see what we need to do with the bike and the settings to be able to let go with the brake in the right place."

Smith acknowledged he and his crew need to find a cure to the problem with the fast-curved Mugello and Catalunya rounds approaching. In his view, he accepts that Jerez is more suited to the riding styles of Jorge Lorenzo and team-mate Pol Espargaro.

“It's clear for us to see on the data. Guys that run on the front tyre, their settings work well around here. They haven't worked better than our settings in the first three races. Lorenzo obviously likes to ride with the front tyre. Pol likes to ride that type of style as well and he's been fast from the get-go. We did the best we could.

"Obviously we can't flip the bike on its head because that's not going to give us the right confidence. Tomorrow we're going to have to try something so we don't have a problem like this, or at least find a solution if we get in this situation again. There are other tracks that are quite similar. It's frustrating to be in this position but it could have been way worse. We came out with eighth. It's not the worst position of the year. It wasn't as bad as it could have been.”

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May 04, 2015 8:50 AM

Given the terrible weekend he had compared to his previous solid outings and consistent beating of his team mate up 'til his team mates home GP a better than expected outcome. I'm not a huge fan of his but I think he was being realistic and honest so naturally gets criticised for it on this website ....


May 04, 2015 9:08 AM

what "terrible" week-end ?? did he crash and get hurt ?? It's his problem as a top pilot to set up his bike. By the way, you found an excuse that he even him did not use: home GP for his team mate...Guess what, Espargaro will now have lots of home GP this year !!!

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