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Positive pace for Smith in Argentina

Positive pace for Smith in Argentina

Both Monster Yamaha Tech3 riders finished Argentina’s first MotoGP™ race in 15 years in top ten positions at Termas de Rio Hondo.

Smith, who started from seventh on the grid but slightly dropped back to ninth in the opening laps, regained his composure and proceeded to recover the lost ground, with his race pace shining through once again. On lap six, the British rider overtook his teammate to clinch eighth position before firmly setting his sights on the position in front.

Smith made a charge to close the gap to the Factory Ducati rider of Andrea Dovizioso, gaining valuable time every single lap and eventually passing him. As the fuel load decreased on his Yamaha YZR-M1, his speed boosted and the 23 year-old set his personal best and fifth quickest lap of the race at the final stages, on lap 20.

“It was a tough challenge, but overall I am pleased to once again finish with a decent position,” Smith reflected. “Unfortunately, my start was not ideal and the race was actually a similar scenario to Austin. My pace at the end was exactly where it needed to be, but as usual I struggled during the first half of the race when the bike is on a full fuel load. I just can’t ride with the same corner speed and I’m not as smooth as I am at the end of the race. But we already have some ideas and will work on it in Jerez as I know I am there in terms of performance.”

Rookie Espargaro rode a notable race to collect his second top eight finish in succession at the fast flowing Argentinian track.

He stated, “Of course, it was not a bad race at all, but eighth is not what I’m aiming for. Especially because I had a really good feeling and a positive pace in warm up. However, for some reason I didn’t feel the same at the beginning of the race, possibly because of the full fuel tank. Later on I tried to stay with Bradley, but he was getting stronger and I did not feel too confident with my rear tyre, so I decided not to push any harder and risk crashing out.”

MotoGP, 2014, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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