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Smith: “The pace was slow, but the best I could do”

Smith: “The pace was slow, but the best I could do”

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya has Bradley Smith as the top British MotoGP™ rider once again.

A fifth place from Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Bradley Smith moves him to within just a single point of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) in the Championship standings. Smith is now also 21 points clear of Cal Crutchlow (CWM LCR Honda) in the standings, claiming the dual honour of leading British rider and top non-factory MotoGP™ rider.

Bradley Smith: "Fifth place is a fantastic result for us after what was a tricky weekend! We made a big step in time for the GP with the front setting of the bike, but maybe it was ultra conservative and it hampered me a little in terms of performance. Yet, it meant that I had a lot of feeling in the front which resulted in me knowing whether it was going to tuck or not and this was useful as we saw a few guys lose the front. However, even though it may have limited me a bit, I still managed to adapt to it in the first three laps and then I got into my rhythm."

"In all honesty, the pace was slow but it was the best that I could do and in the end, consistency is key as this result was great for the championship. Now I am just one point behind Marc and 21 ahead of Cal for the satellite bike battle which is strong from my point of view. We have a test tomorrow which will be interesting for us and we will look to amend the issues which have been affecting us in the past couple of race, that have all been quite similar. So it’s no rest for me and I plan to work hard tomorrow with the team so we can improve the bike for Assen and the remaining races this year."

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA, RAC, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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