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Bradley Smith just misses out on CEV title

Bradley Smith just misses out on CEV title

Bradley Smith just misses out on CEV title

British youngster Bradley Smith once again demonstrated his huge potential in Jerez on Sunday by taking a convincing win in the final round of the CEV Buckler Spanish 125 championship, his third consecutive victory in the competition - a result which meant he missed out on the title by just one point to Spaniard, and MotoGP regular, Mateo Tunez.

MotoGP Academy rider Smith, just 14 years old, has proved the revelation of the second half of the season. After winning in Valencia last weekend he gave himself a mathematical chance of winning the championship and for a while on Sunday it looked like he would achieve that unlikely dream.

Smith rapidly made his way to the front of the field where he battled it out with Austrian Michael Ranseder. The retirement of championship leader Stefano Bianco after a multiple collision at the first corner left the Briton and Tunez as the only real contenders for the title. With the Spaniard having started a long way down the grid and struggling in the early part of the race, Smith looked all set to clinch the crown. However, in a tense end to the race, Tunez moved through to ninth place to ensure he finished with just enough points to edge ahead of Smith in the standings despite his rival's ultimately convincing triumph on the day.

"The race was very tough, I had to control my rivals for most of it, but in the end I was able to get away and take the win," Smith said at the end of the race.

The race at Jerez was the final round of the season in the CEV Championship which has proved arguably the best platform for young riders to make the jump into the World Championship.

125cc, 2005, Stefan Bradl, Bradley Smith

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