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Smith takes positives from solid Turkey display

Smith takes positives from solid Turkey display

Repsol Honda rider Bradley Smith's eighth place finish in the Grand Prix of Turkey equalled his best previous World Championship result and the race itself provided some great experience for the young Englishman.

Repsol Honda rider Bradley Smith's eighth place finish in the Grand Prix of Turkey equalled his best previous World Championship result and the race itself provided some great experience for the young Englishman as he battled with the big boys right up to the end of the final lap.

The former Spanish CEV Championship runner-up earned praise with his fearless display to add to the points he earned in the first race of the season at Qatar and make up for the disappointment of finishing last in Jerez.

After qualifying in 13th place Smith made a good start to the race and was soon up into eighth place, with a large group of riders closing up to contest the lead at the front. Smith caught them and at one stage was up to fourth in a pack which included the likes of Raffaele de Rosa, Gabor Talmacsi and Lukas Pesek and even a podium finish was not out of the question.

But in a crowded approach to the difficult collection of slow corners in the final section of the Istanbul Park track the 16 year-old from Oxfordshire was outmanoeuvred by the more experienced riders around him and ended up crossing the line eighth, matching his best finish from 2006 at the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

Assessing his own performance the mature teenager commented: "I was gutted at the finish to only get eighth but on reflection I was right up there with the Championship leaders and perhaps it was just a little bit of inexperience that cost me in the end. The team worked on the engine, the gearbox and me last night and it certainly paid off. I made a good start and caught them and next time I was have learnt a little more what to do in that situation."

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125cc, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Bradley Smith

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