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Jakub Smrz ready for home race

Jakub Smrz ready for home race

Jakub Smrz ready for home race

The 250cc Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky at Brno this weekend holds a special importance for Jakub Smrz, who rides in front of an expectant home crowd after a promising start to the 2004 season. The Czech rider has turned in several points-scoring performances on the privateer Honda RSW run by Arie Molenaar Racing and is on course for his long-term target of becoming his country's representative in the MotoGP World Championship.

"It's never easy at your home race because you have the extra pressure from the fans, the press and your friends but I'll try to do as well as possible," says Smrz, who scored his highest finish so far this season with eleventh place at Le Mans in round three.

"It's my first season with the team and we're still trying to find the right set-up for the bike. Sometimes that takes a long time and sometimes it's easier but I've finished in the points most of the time – twice the bike broke and twice I crashed - so it's not that bad, although it could be better.

"For sure I feel a responsibility and I want to be the best Czech rider this weekend – this is very important for me. I hope I can be the man for the future in Czech racing. The target of everybody here is to be in the MotoGP class and to be the best, that is why we race. But that is not a job for one or two years, it will take a little more time than that.

"Now we are already looking at next season with the Molenaar Racing team. The aim is for us to get better material and take the next step towards the higher positions. The most important thing right now is for us to improve the bike step by step, from the chassis to the suspension and the engine.

"It is always going to be difficult to get a factory ride in 250 but it is not impossible. First I have to show I am good enough to warrant it by becoming the top privateer in the class. That is my aim and that is what I will be hoping for this weekend.

"But I will be happy just to get in the points because that has been my goal at every race since the start of the season. With this being my home race, then a top ten finish would be perfect."


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