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Smith: “I couldn’t put my left leg down”

Smith: “I couldn’t put my left leg down”

The fastest starter in MotoGP™ lived up to his reputation, getting a flying start to the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

A super sixth position for Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in Germany, despite being unable to put his left knee down during the closing stages of Sunday’s race. Smith’s race started from the back of the third row but he immediately leapt up to seventh at the end of the first lap. Smith looked comfortable in six but had fellow Brit Cal Crutchlow (CWM LCR Honda) rapidly closing him down for several laps.

Withstanding the pressure, Smith kept his rhythm consistent and never allowed Crutchlow within striking distance, coming how with yet another finish as top satellite bike. Now equal fifth in the championship with 87 points, Smith can head into the summer break pleased with his performance this season. It will not be much of a break however, as the Brit is off to Japan tomorrow for another Suzuka 8 Hour test with teammate Pol Espargaro. The Tech 3 pair will compete in the legendary Japanese race aboard the factory Yamaha R1M.

Bradley Smith: "I am pleased with today’s performance, especially as it was a tricky race where I had to give it 100% but also remain smooth which is what you need to do with the Yamaha. We are the top satellite bike again and at the end of the 30 lap race, we had a strong advantage over both Cal and my teammate which is really positive. At the same time, I can’t help but be a little bit disappointed as I had a similar pace to Iannone but I wasn’t able to catch him because I lost a lot of time with Hernandez in the beginning of the race. It’s my own fault as I qualified in 9th so this is an area I need to improve in the second half of the season because I know we can fight inside the top five.”

“In addition, I couldn’t put my left leg down at the end of the race as I had completely worn down my knee slider, which was a bit scary around here as there are so many left turns. Nevertheless, we are joint 5th in the championship and it’s been a great first half of the year. I am going to Japan tomorrow for another Suzuka 8 hour test, so I have the long haul flight to relax on after this race! A big thanks to all my team, they’ve given me a great bike at every race so far in 2015 and I hope they enjoy the three week break as much as me."

MotoGP, 2015, GoPro MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, RAC, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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