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Second podium of 2010 for Smith

Second podium of 2010 for Smith

Bancaja Aspar's British rider took second place at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya.

Bradley Smith had one of his best showings of the season to date at the 125cc Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya as he took part in the fight for second place, riding with caution and craft behind his rivals for the majority of the race in order to time his move to perfection.

Hanging off the tails of team-mate Nico Terol and Pol Espargaró, Smith waited for his chance and eventually decided on the last lap to outbrake the two. He won the place on the back straight, and was able to make the pass stick and block off the final attacks to come home as runner-up. It is Smith's second podium of the season, following a third place at Silverstone.

Bradley Smith:

"I decided to push hard from the start, but it was clear that this race was going to be tough -and that a small mistake would cost me as much as it did in Assen. Marquéz was clever though, and was able to slip away. Then I turned my attention to Terol and Espargaró, studying their lines in order to determine where to make a pass. Being in their slipstream served me well, because I could ride calmly and without taking too many risks. I was confident on every braking point, and kept telling myself that I couldn't let this podium place out of my grasp. This confidence helped me a lot on the second section, where I hadn't been so good during the weekend. I waited until the end to overtake, and then just focused on closing the gaps. It's a good result and I am happy with it. It is a shame about Nico's crash – I haven't had a chance to speak to him yet and hope that he is ok."

Press release courtesy of Bancaja Aspar team

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125cc, 2010, GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA, Bradley Smith, Bancaja Aspar Team

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