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Smith delighted after superb Le Mans display

Smith delighted after superb Le Mans display

British 125cc teenage sensation Bradley Smith was understandably delighted after taking his first podium finish in just his second season in MotoGP, following his excellent performance at Le Mans.

British 125cc teenage sensation Bradley Smith was understandably delighted after taking his first podium finish in just his second season in MotoGP, following his excellent performance at Le Mans.

The Oxfordshire teenager had registered good lap times throughout the Alice Grand Prix de France weekend and confirmed his good pace by securing a second place start on the grid in Saturday's second qualifying session.

The Repsol Honda star then made good use of his best ever grid position to stay with a the leading group which included eventual race winner Sergio Gadea (Bancaja Aspar) and current 125cc World Championship leader Lukas Pesek (Valsir Seedorf Derbi) – even holding off Pesek's challenge for a considerable duration.

When the unbelievable bad luck of race leader Mattia Pasini (Polaris World) struck again with just five laps remaining and Gadea and Pasini slipped ahead, the rapidly maturing Smith rode through steadily for third and earned the first podium finish for a British rider in the 125cc class since 1989.

Smith now proudly sits eighth in the general classification and will look to push on for even better results as the intense series of European Grands Prix continue over the coming weeks.

The young Englishman gave fans his view of a sensational day via his website www.bradley-smith.co.uk, saying: "This has obviously been a mega-race for me. My start wasn't great but I managed to get a good place in the first corner and I stayed behind Di Meglio. Then, he and some other riders went wide in a corner and I passed them."

"Pasini had opened a little gap, but then I was behind Gadea and I pushed hard until I got closer, though always a bit far behind. I only managed to get really close towards the end of the race and I know that I could have been fighting with them. The bike went perfect today, so I've been able to keep Pesek behind me. When Pesek passed me, I had to go a little wide in the corner."

"I don't know whether his tyres were in better shape than mine or he was just faster than me, because he managed to escape. Then I thought that a place on the podium was enough for me and that we'll have the chance to make it better some other day."

Tags:
125cc, 2007, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Bradley Smith

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