Despite both riders starting in the top ten, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 had a difficult bwin Grand Prix České republiky.
Bradley Smith slipped back to ninth at the end of the first lap. He endured a lack of rear traction but persevered to attempt to claw back the deficit to the position in front. He closed in on eighth place towards the finish but crossed the line ninth. Smith spent most of the race being hindered by traction issues, with near constant wheel spin.
Meanwhile, it was an unfortunate end to a promising weekend for the reigning Moto2™ World Champion, Pol Espargaro, as he fell whilst trying to close the gap to the leading bikes. The rookie began his race from ninth on the grid and proceeded to ride rapidly as soon as the race began, running right behind the leading pack.
The younger of the Espargaro brothers was as high as seventh, just off the leaders. However, his pursuit was halted on the seventh lap when he unfortunately crashed out, uninjured, whilst in eighth position.
Smith commented, "It goes without saying that the result today was much lower than I had anticipated. My traction control system needed to work considerably more during the race and I lost a lot of time exiting the corners, plus even when I was coming down the straight the rear was spinning.”
Teammate Espargaro said “I can't hide that I'm disappointed as a crash is never how a rider wants to end a GP but I still think we did a good job throughout the weekend. Our race pace seemed to be really promising and my start was not too bad as I managed to recover a couple of positions. But the front of the bike felt really nervous and I made a small mistake going straight so I lost some ground.”
“Afterwards Bradl passed me and at this stage I started to feel a bit more comfortable whilst finding a better rhythm, but when I realised that he was opening a small gap, I pushed harder and lost the front without any warning,” he concluded.