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Smith: “I went out in Q2 with a setting I hadn’t ridden”

Smith: “I went out in Q2 with a setting I hadn’t ridden”

A big gamble in Q2 paid off for Smith at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky, achieving his goal of improving in Qualifying.

Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) returned from the summer break with the aim of improving his performance in Qualifying. The Q2 session saw him do just that, achieving fifth on the grid for Sunday’s MotoGP™ World Championship race at the Brno circuit. In the seven laps Smith completed during Q2 he was able to set a 1’55.460, 0.125s quicker than last year’s MotoGP™ pole time. This came as a result of a big gamble by Smith and his Tech 3 mechanics, the Brit heading out on a setting he had not previously ridden.

Starting in fifth, Smith is once again the leading satellite rider. As always his aim come race day will be to finish as the top satellite rider and protect his fifth place in the MotoGP™ World Championship standings from Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). Tyre choice will be critical, as Qualifying today proved that even a difference of five degrees Celsius can have a large impact on grip and tyre life at the Brno circuit.

Bradley Smith: “I am very happy with my performance today as it is my second consecutive
qualifying result on the front two rows after the summer break. This is especially rewarding because my main focus for the remaining races was to improve my grid positions as we lost too much time at the beginning of the races earlier this year. In FP4 we tried various different settings and some were positive and others were not as good but the team made a combination of these and in the end I went out on a bike in Q2 with a setting which I hadn’t ridden yet.”

“It was a bit risky, but it turned out to be a good choice by the team and I have to thank them for their great work. I am only half a second from the pole time and again, I was fighting with the Factory Yamaha for the front row, and so I have to be happy. The top five riders were a big step above the other guys on the single lap pace, however I’m sure it will be different in the race. The important thing tomorrow will be to get a good start as it will be a long, tough one and so, tyre management is vital. We will try to make some small improvements tonight, especially for tyre preservation and I will test them tomorrow morning. However, I’m pretty sure that we have the right bike to do a good job.”

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MotoGP, 2015, bwin GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Q2, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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