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Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith secures solid points at the MotoGP™ season opener in Qatar.
Smith made a strong start to the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar, charging to fifth on the opening lap after coming through Q1 yesterday. He settled into a consistent pace as he battled to be the top satellite rider. The Tech 3 rider was just 0.5s behind Cal Crutchlow, claiming eighth.
"I must admit that despite the good result, I am slightly disappointed as we were so close to being the top satellite bike at Qatar. This is our ambition for the year, so to miss this opportunity is a bit annoying. However, to finish only half a second back from Crutchlow isn’t bad at all, especially at this early stage of the season. I had a good feeling with the bike during the whole race and we kept a consistent pace,”
"Yet, I wasn’t really able to race how I wanted to and I had to remain riding in a smooth style throughout the whole distance. This was a bit difficult when battling with the Honda or Ducati’s because those bikes require different riding styles, which need the rider to be a bit more aggressive. Nevertheless to finish 8th and collect some valuable points as well as some useful experience and being so close to our objective of the top satellite bike is not a disappointment."
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