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By Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Smith: “We will continue to soldier on”

You can’t question Bradley Smith’s determination, two crashes, three laps down but he still finished and scored points.

The Motul TT Assen was a race of two parts due to weather conditions forcing a restart. Unfortunately neither part of the wet race went exactly to plan for Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) who fell twice. On both occasions he got back up and continued to lap, hopeful of scoring some points. The brutal conditions allowed Smith to limp home in 13th place, three laps behind the race winner but still able to collect three championship points.

Bradley Smith: “It was an eventful day and with the challenging conditions, it was tricky for everyone to not make any mistakes. We started with the harder option rear tyre, which was the first time that we tried it all weekend and it took me a long time to get a general feeling. Yet, I could see Pol just in front of me on the track and I thought that I had made the right decision to go for the full distance, because 26 laps is a long time. Then we had a lot of rain and to be honest, it would have be nice to stop a few laps earlier because it was quite unsafe. It’s always difficult for race direction to understand the right moment but this is something we need to talk about in the future at safety commissions.

“Then, in part two, I felt a lot better because we were able to start with the softer compound of rear tyre, and twelve laps gave us that chance. I immediately made up a lot of positions in the opening lap, and in fact, I would say that it was one of the most competitive laps that I’ve had this season. Then unfortunately, like many other riders, I fell because I lost the front as it was pushed too much by the extra grip from the rear. Even though it’s another disappointing weekend, it was nice to finish and get some points because the team has worked really hard. We will continue to soldier on and do the best that we can. Right now, if we look at the championship we’re not where we want to be, but hopefully our fortune will change at some point this season and we’ll be back to where we belong.”