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Smrz back on second row for Australian showdown

Smrz back on second row for Australian showdown

Smrz back on second row for Australian showdown

One rider who could spring a surprise in today's GMC Australian Grand Prix is Jakub Smrz. A consistent top ten qualifier, Smrz's standout performance of the season so far has been his provisional pole in Le Mans. However, unfortunate crashes in races where he has qualified well leave the Czech rider lower in the overall standings than he would like. Having qualified in seventh at Phillip Island, Smrz is hoping to end his season on a high.

"We only changed a few settings after the morning session, and the mechanics have improved the engine so that it works better at a low speed. A new rear tyre made me yet faster," said the Cardion AB rider. "There is only a small difference between myself in seventh and Alex de Angelis in second, four tenths, so I am very satisfied that I am on the pace. During the final session I think I lost time when riding alongside Yuki Takahashi, because he varied his speeds on some turnings where I could have ridden faster."

Having seen countryman Lukas Pesek become the first Czech for some time to ascend the podium in the 125cc category, a rostrum finish for Smrz would be a boost for both himself and Czech motorsport.

Tags:
250cc, 2006, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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