Smith equals career-best MotoGP™ result

Smith equals career-best MotoGP™ result
Monday, 15 July 2013

Bradley Smith’s sixth place finish in the German Grand Prix was his second in three races, equaling his career-best result of the Barcelona event a month earlier.

Having headed straight to Q2 qualifying for the fourth time in eight events, Smith made up one position in the race and would finish 25 seconds behind the winner – also signaling his best result yet in terms of race time.

"I am truly happy with this sixth place," said the Oxford-born rider who is currently residing in Andorra. "I got a good start and I was really pleased with my pace for most of the race. It is particularly pleasing because this is a track where I expected to struggle more, because it has a lot of left-hand corners and you are constantly pushing with the left part of your body; that’s where my injury is, but I felt strong for the whole race. I’m also pleased that we managed to reduce the gap to the winner by another seven seconds and I think 25 seconds is not too bad at the moment."

The result was also noted by Team Manager Herve Poncharal:

"Bradley did an incredible job. He is still not 100% fit with his wrist and hand (following an accident at Mugello), but he has never complained about his injury and today he showed a fantastic pace and great concentration. He was very close to Alvaro (Bautista, GO&FUN Honda Gresini), who is a very experienced MotoGP rider, and he fought right from the first to the last lap."

Thanks to the respective sixth and second place results of Smith and Tech 3 teammate Cal Crutchlow, two British riders finished in the top six of a premier class race for the first time in two decades. The last occasion on which such a happening took place was the British Grand Prix of 1993, in which Niall Mackenzie and Carl Fogarty finished third and fourth at Donington Park.

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