Bradley Smith says he can take heart from finishing ninth in the Italian Grand Prix at the end of a weekend that saw him struggle with injuries sustained in a practice crash.

Already nursing a painful shoulder and a damaged finger, Smith suffered a further set-back with another crash during morning warm-up, but the plucky Briton was still able to make the race start.

Despite the demanding nature of the Mugello circuit, Smith was satisfied with his competitive run to ninth position in the circumstances but is now looking forward to some respite ahead of the next event in Spain.

"To be honest ninth position was obviously a really good result considering the circumstances of today. This morning's crash was the last thing I needed, so to be able to go the whole race distance with just one mistake was positive for me.

"I had a lot of problems with my left hand as well as with my wrist and it was magnified with Mugello being such physically demanding track. So I believe I did a really good job. It would have been good to beat (Aleix) Espargaro at the end but considering the whole weekend I should be satisfied with another top ten result.

"After a very difficult weekend for my body I just need to rest as much as I can to put me in the best possible condition for Barcelona. We still learned a lot during these tough days, especially from the big crashes, but I suppose that's all part of the game on my way to becoming a better MotoGP rider."



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