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Liberty Aragon progress hampered by weather again

Jakub Smrz counts the cost of riding out in windy conditions as he crashes during his latest test outing at Motorland Aragon.
Effenbert Liberty Ducati's hopes of escaping the poor weather for their latest World Superbike test at Motorland Aragon were scuppered after cold and windy conditions greeted them instead.

The Czech team emerged top of the first group test at Portimao with rider Jakub Smrz, though with only one dry day of mileage it was hoped a move inland to the Aragon venue in Spain would prove beneficial.

However, similarly difficult conditions prevented the team from getting through their full programme, Smrz revealing a gust of wind actually knocked him off his bike.

"I really like the circuit, it's a pity it was so cold! Today in one of the chicanes a gust of wind hit the front of my bike and I crashed! We've tested a lot of stuff and I'm pleased with the way things went, because we improved and made some good progress. The feeling with the team and the way it works was also really good.”

Team-mate Sylvain Guintoli is also looking forward to getting down under for what is likely to be considerably better weather conditions later this month.

"Aragon is a great track. We didn't have any luck with the weather but we managed to do quite a few laps and get to know the track. We'll be ready for the next time, when we come here to race! I can't wait to get to Phillip Island for some sun!"

Smrz's lapped the Motorland Aragon circuit – new on the calendar for 2011 – with a time of 1min 59.9secs, while Guintoli managed a 2mins 00.7secs.



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bri t

February 20, 2011 2:18 PM

Two real bikers post real flukey situations they have had on their bikes in response to a flukey situation on track. Did you miss that? Where was I talking only about my own post. People should care about what I said too. I've ridden since I was legally old enough and am now 44. I have experience. Any biker with half a brain would read my little story and realise what could happen if that ocurred to them under any other circumstances. Let me SPELL it out: if this happens whan you are turning off a road across oncoming traffic you get to see the car/truck thats going to drive over your torso if you if you fall in the direction you are intending. Fall the other way and you just get to hear it. Any idea what a 3 ton vehicle travelling at say 40 mph will do if you are not killed on impact. Think major soft organs and broken sharp ribs being churned together with immense force. I was about 22/24 yo when that happened to me and I immediately changed my laces, how i tied them and how I took



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