Jakub Smrz says he is pleased with the decision to switch from Ducati to Aprilia machinery mid-season, despite enduring a troublesome debut on the RSV-4 at Brno.
B&G Racing made the unprecedented decision to change bikes between rounds after becoming frustrated with persistent reliability issues on the Ducati 1098R.
Despite a lack of pre-event testing, Smrz was immediately up to speed on the bike as he set top ten times prior to Superpole. However, a fall in the FP2 session immediately preceding qualifying left him with just a single lap to set his Superpole time, the Czech rider missing the SP1 cut in 17th.
Leaving him in the mid-field for the two races, Smrz was involved in a first turn accident during race one before mechanical issues dropped out of contention in race two.
Even so, despite the baptism of fire, Smrz is happy to be riding the RSV-4 as he firmly believes it is the way forward.
“I'm disappointed with my debut, but I'm happy I'm racing on an Aprilia and I really believe in this new project . However, we still have to work on improving my feeling with the front end, where most of the issues were this weekend, but I'm sure things will change for the best at Silverstone.”