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125cc restart gives Smith chance for redemption

125cc restart gives Smith chance for redemption

Bradley Smith was one of the beneficiaries of a late restart in the 125cc Le Mans showdown, and wasn´t going to make the same mistake twice off the starting grid.

Polaris World´s 125cc rider Bradley Smith´s race looked to be following an all-too-familiar story when he got off to a disastrous start in Le Mans. However, rain, a powerful Aprilia machine and some good old fashioned hard work enabled the Briton to experience a spectacular turnaround and step onto the podium.

Starting from second on the grid and on the hunt for points after two consecutive DNFs, Smith plummeted down to nineteenth by the end of the opening lap. For the 17 year-old, it appeared to be yet another Grand Prix write-off after a fantastic qualifying performance. Not to be beaten, he set about working his way back up to a top ten spot, and when the rain brought out the red flag there was a very real chance of a Smith victory.

Despite just missing out on the win to home rider Mike di Meglio, the Oxfordshire rider was ecstatic with his restart redemption and second place.

`I had a clear goal of finishing the race and taking the maximum amount of points possible,´ said Smith, whose day had got off to a bad start with what he described as a `silly´ crash.

`With the restart I wasn´t going to make the same mistake I had the first time, and I had the chance to come back into things. I´m happy with second place; it´s the best way that we could have finished the weekend, and the podium comes at exactly the right time for us,´ concluded the 2006 Rookie of the Year and expected title challenger.

125cc, 2008, Bradley Smith, Polaris World, Polaris World

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