Smith aims for top six in Brno
Posted on Aug 25, 2012 by Tech3 Racing
Tech 3 Racing Team rider Bradley Smith is optimistic he has the speed to challenge for a top six finish in tomorrow's Czech Republic Moto2 race at the Brno track.
The British rider, who confirmed he has signed a two-year contract move to MotoGP with the Monster Yamaha for 2013 and 2014 this morning, will start the 20-lap race from 15th position on the grid. The 21-year-old was able to set a best time of 2.03.303 to finish less than 0.4s away from the top six despite not having found the ideal set-up with his Mistral 610 machine.
Bradley Smith - 15th - 2.03.303:
“Today obviously started in fantastic fashion for me with confirmation that I will be with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP Team in 2013 and 2014. I already knew this from last September but it is nice for it to be confirmed. Unfortunately we couldn't build on that positive news on the track. For some reason we seemed to struggle a lot with entry grip in to the corner. We made some good steps during the practice and we improved our lap time by 0.6s during the qualifying but in this Championship it's not enough. We still need to find another 0.5s a lap and tonight we need to study the data in detail to find something to improve in this area. We do not know what the weather will do tomorrow with some people saying it will be a wet race. But starting from 15th it will be a tricky race in the dry or wet.”