Smrz keen to translate qualifying pace

Jakub Smrz is determined to turn his outstanding qualifying pace into a good race result after securing his third front row start of the season at Assen,

The Czech rider proved to be Ben Spies' closest competitor during the Superpole shootout, joining the American in breaking the 1min 38secs barrier and only missing out on pole position by a tenth.

However, while Smrz's reputation over a single lap is well-known, his task is now to translate that into a good race result having finished no higher than seventh so far this season.

“We have had a really good weekend and my team have done a really good job with bike – it's perfect,” the Guandalini rider said after qualifying.

“Now I need to concentrate on the race because the last two weekends have not been very lucky for me. We have worked really hard on that and it seems to be going OK. I did some good lap times with the used tyre, but now I need to make a good start and try stay at the front.”

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