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Smith: “All of our hard work was lost”

Smith: “All of our hard work was lost”

Saturday saw Bradley Smith make an incredible comeback at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, his return ending in disaster come Sunday

After a terrible start to the Americas GP, Bradley Smith and his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew did the seemingly impossible and turned their fortunes around on Saturday. Having struggled outside the top 15 for the majority of practice, Smith charged to 11th in Qualifying and was aiming to continue his rapid improvement in the race. He maintained his position off the line and soon found himself inside the top ten; unfortunately his race would encounter a problem at Turn 11 on lap seven when he slid off after hitting a foreign substance on the track. Smith was on his feet and able to remount his Tech 3 M1 and rejoin the race, but the others had already escaped and the chance of points was gone as he came home in 17th.

He remains positive about the weekend as a whole, pleased with the work he and his team did to turn their weekend around. Until his fall Smith had also been feeling more confident and comfortable than in either of the two previous rounds. With 16 points Bradley Smith sits 13th in the championship, matching the points of Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) and Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) while his teammate, Pol Espargaro, is up in fourth with 28 points.

Bradley Smith: “Unfortunately, today’s result wasn’t the best and all of our hard work was lost because of something that was out of our control. I lost the front at turn 11 due to an oil spill or something on the racetrack. It was just a little bit off the racing line and when Cal went down it caught me by surprise, so I released the brake. I was slightly off line, just like he was and I fell at the exact same place. This was frustrating because it wasn’t a mistake of my own, but this is racing and these things happen. I couldn’t really do much once I got back on the bike because I had a damaged gear lever, which made it difficult to shift, plus I also lost the anti-wheelie so the final laps were tricky to say the least.

“However, I was determined to finish because we had worked hard all weekend and overall there are still many positives to consider as we were definitely stronger at the beginning of this Grand Prix than we have been in the first two. So to conclude, I am happy with the final performance at this event, but I am disappointed that something silly like this ruined our race. Now, we have a lot of work to do to catch up on points in the championship but once we go to Jerez we will be ready to push forward again.”

MotoGP, 2016, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, RAC, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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