Disappointment for Smith as he pushes the limit in qualifying
Posted on Aug 08, 2020 by Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
It was a complicated day for Bradley Smith, especially when it came to squeezing as much as possible from his bike in qualifying. The Q1 session was conditioned by a crash in the early stages, but without physical consequences for the rider. Bradley managed to get back on the track and stop the clock at a time that places him in the seventh row on the grid.
"I'm obviously a bit disappointed. At the beginning of Q1, I was in a good position to do a fast lap, but unfortunately, I went beyond the limit and I crashed. Looking at FP4, on the other hand, our race pace doesn’t seem to be too far off of our goals. We have a few ideas to improve, also in view of the upcoming races. The direction Aleix has identified seems to be paying off in terms of performance. Maybe for my characteristics, the bike becomes a bit more difficult to ride, but the times don’t lie, so we’ll try to explore that direction in terms of the setup. In any case, today was a great result for the team and for this project, which is confirming that it has great potential."