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Smith: “It’s easy to make a mistake at a track like this”

Smith: “It’s easy to make a mistake at a track like this”

A mistake costs Bradley Smith a chance of battling for fifth, but the Brit takes positives from the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon.

The Aragon GP was an overall difficult weekend for Bradley Smith, who started Sunday’s race in tenth before battling to eighth, not the usual top five-factory-challenging ride he’s become accustomed to. From tenth on the grid, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider launched himself forward as he attempted to battle his way into the top six. By the end of lap seven he was up into sixth and hunting down Andrea Dovizioso (Ducat Team) on the factory Ducati. A small mistake with 11 laps to go pushed Smith back.

Once again Smith dug deep within himself to fight back through the order, ending in eighth and ahead of teammate Pol Espargaro. Despite Dovizioso finishing ahead, Smith maintains fifth in the MotoGP™ World Championship with 143 points, four ahead of the Ducati rider. Finishing ahead of both Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) would be an incredible result for the satellite rider at the end of the 2015 season and he’s eager to maintain this position.

Bradley Smith: “I have to be happy with the result today after what was certainly a tough race at Aragon. All of the different manufactures were in the group that I was fighting in and each one was stronger in different areas of the track. As a result, the pack was really competitive and all of us were pushing as much as we could. Unfortunately, I made the mistake when I was right behind Dovizioso and almost ran into him. To avoid this, I had to go wide and it took me ten laps to make up that second that I lost which just proves how easily matched we all were.”

“Yet, I am pleased with the result, especially considering that things didn’t go exactly as we wanted them to this weekend. Moreover, we were still in the hunt for fifth today, which I was not convinced about before the start of the race. Therefore, to come away with this result and without loosing too many points in the championship is overall quite positive. In addition, it’s easy to make a mistake at a track like this, so I am happy to have kept it on two wheels! Next up is Motegi, which I am looking forward to. The track layout is gruelling but I feel that I can run well there and I hope to give the Japanese fans a good show.”

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, RAC, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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