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Bradley ends British front row drought

Bradley ends British front row drought

Yesterday was an incredible day for British rider Bradley Smith, who achieved his best ever grid position with a time just over half a second slower than Mattia Pasini's flying lap.

Yesterday was an incredible day for British rider Bradley Smith, who achieved his best ever grid position with a time just over half a second slower than Mattia Pasini's flying lap.

The 2006 Rookie Of The Year became the fastest ever Honda 125cc rider at Le Mans with an assured performance nearly 1.5 seconds quicker than last year's pole lap, and has a great chance to show just how far he has come in the past year and a half since his World Championship debut.

Smith was not even born when the last British rider started a 125cc Grand Prix from the front row of the grid. The Oxfordshire schoolboy rewrote the record books yesterday afternoon when he became the first Briton to qualify in the top four in 17 long years.

For the race Smith is once again the only Repsol Honda rider in action in the 125cc class, as he was for the whole of last year. This owes to an injury to team-mate Esteve Rabat, who flew home to Barcelona yesterday morning.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Stefan Bradl

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