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MotoGP Silverstone: Smith: Silverstone surface plays to my strengths

Bradley Smith says motocross background helped him with the bumpy Silverstone circuit as he blasted to third on day one of home MotoGP.
Bradley Smith says the bumpy condition of Silverstone isn't bothering him but feels he must improve in the final sector if he is to hold on to a potential top three at his home event.

The leading satellite rider charged into third during free practice two and acted as the closest challenger to Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez, eventually finishing the session two-tenths off the Movistar Yamaha rider.

A number of Smith's rivals have been explaining the surface of the Silverstone circuit is much rougher than it has been in previous visits which has been causing them problems but the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider says the circuit has played to his strengths.

“A lot of it comes down to the track, it improved a bit this afternoon as it scrubbed in,” Smith said. “I'm not too worried about bumps coming from my motocross background, it is not something I worry about, but it might be something some of the other guys are more scared about.

“We made a couple of really small changes in terms of rear spring and balance but a lot of it came from the track and especially here because its high-speed nature. If you are five percent off it makes a big difference. So it is nothing really special but nice to be in third position."

Smith had been threatening to steal the show from Lorenzo and Marquez at the top with his final lap in free practice two when he was clocked fractionally faster than the dominant duo at the end of the third sector, but lost a vital two-tenths in final part of the lap.

“I am quite weak in section four as I haven't found the right line and balance yet for the left-hander Brooklands at the end of the back straight,” he explained. “There is a bump and I keep going to the outside of it but I need to go to the inside of it tomorrow. It has been my weakest section all day so we will be analysing the data later to see what we can do.”

Despite the potential of a front row result in tomorrow's qualifying for the British Grand Prix, Smith has played down his chances and expects his rivals to close the gap.

“I have to be realistic. Friday is always good for me at the moment, we are quite quickly up to pace and maybe it is because we are not scared to risk more than other guys on Friday. It will be tough to stay in this position tomorrow but it certainly means we start at a good point.”

Tagged as: Honda , Yamaha , Silverstone , Lorenzo , Smith , Marquez

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August 29, 2015 3:32 AM

Compare Smith's thoughtful analysis of his riding and his relatively gentle gibes at Yamaha (importantly they were about the contract, and not the quality of their product) to Redding's foul mouthed outright criticism of Honda's engineering capability. That folks is why Smith has turned himself in to someone capable of being 5th in the championship, whereas Redding languishes well outside the top ten.


August 29, 2015 9:51 AM

There's no doubt that Bradders is continuing to get the best out of his equipment, and where he sees problems, like the drop-off in the last sector, he works out what HE can do to fix it. He's also spent a couple of years really polishing his craft. Unlike many on here, I don't expect MotoGP racers to behave like diplomats or PR agents, so I won't join any bandwagons to kick Scott Redding when he's down - even if he says things he might later regret. Obviously his results are less than spectacular, and his lifelong dream is imploding. He's still pretty young, and he's frustrated with his results. Not that long ago, such things would have been said without cameras and reporters taking it any further, and people involved would sort it out and move on.

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