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Smrz ‘100 per cent ready’ to break duck

28 May 2012

Jakub Smrz says he is ready to turn in a long awaited first World Superbike Championship race win after producing a marvellous pole position winning performance during qualifying at Miller Motorsports Park.

The Effenbert Liberty Ducati rider began the Superpole session as a tentative favourite having gone fastest through FP1, Q1 and Q2, but while he is renowned for his accomplished qualifying performances, Smrz has only once before started on pole position, at Misano in 2009.

Nonetheless, despite completing his final lap on race tyres, Smrz was able to replicate his dominant pace in Superpole to put a comfortable two tenths between himself and Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa.

Marking the second pole position for Effenbert Liberty Ducati this season, after Sylvain Guintoli achieved a similar feat at Monza, Smrz's attentions now turn to what he hopes will be a maiden WSBK victory in more than 140 attempts.

“I'm really happy to win Superpole here after a good performance throughout practice. There isn't much to say, because the races are later, but we are ready and the bike is perfect.

“It's incredible that I could dominate in most of practices and win Superpole with race tyres, but it is the races that are important. We are 100 per cent ready to fight for win after all the bad luck in races this year.”

In 141 WSBK starts, Smrz has managed four podium finishes, including a second place finish at Miller Motorsports Park in 2011.


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