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Smith: “It seems like a lot of guys made the same mistake”

Smith: “It seems like a lot of guys made the same mistake”

Greasy track conditions caught out Smith who fell during Free Practice 2 at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky.

For the sixth time in 2015 Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) suffered a fall during MotoGP™ practice. Smith fell at Turn 5, an area that many of the riders found difficult due to the searing hot conditions. Free Practice 2 saw track temperatures normally only seen in Sepang and many riders struggled with the greasy surface as a result. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) also fell at Turn 5, both he and Smith were unhurt.

Fortunately for Smith he and his Tech 3 team made steady progress in Free Practice 1 and ended the day just 0.059s shy of teammate Pol Espargaro. Despite the crash Smith had enough time to test both compounds on the front and rear in order to better understand their strength and weaknesses. Finding a solid setup even in the greasy conditions will be critical for tomorrow’s Qualifying battle.

Bradley Smith: “It was a good opening to the weekend and there are many positives to take from today. As soon as we hit the track this morning in FP1, I felt really comfortable with the bike, which set me up confidently for the afternoon. Yet, FP2 was a bit more complicated as it was a trickier for everyone due to the hot weather conditions and the track temperature. We were able to try both compounds of rear and front tyres in order to have all the necessary information available to analyse.”

“Still, I’m a bit disappointed with the crash this afternoon, although it seems like a lot of guys made the same mistake because it has been quite difficult to find the right compromise in the balance between the hard and soft tyres. Therefore we need to try and understand what the issue was and fix it tomorrow because we expect Sunday’s weather to be similar to what we experienced today. So overall, it was a good start even with the small crash and in addition, I didn’t set a single lap time with the soft tyre at the end, but I still finished inside the top ten. As a result, I have to be happy and I’m ready to improve tomorrow."

MotoGP, 2015, bwin GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, FP2, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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