Smith fit to race final round - Generali Grand Prix of the Comunitat of Valencia

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 by Nick Harris

Bradley Smith will be fit to ride in the final round of the Moto2 World Championship in the Generali Grand Prix of the Comunitat of Valencia in Spain on Sunday.

The 20 year old Oxfordshire rider suffered a cracked left collarbone and bruised lung when he crashed the Tech3 machine on the first lap of practice for the previous round in Malaysia when warning flags about the wet track where not shown. He missed the race in Malaysia but despite some pain and discomfort will ride in Valencia where he won the 125 cc race last year.

Bradley Smith
“I’ve got the ok to ride but I will have to man up when I get to Valencia because there is going to be plenty of pain and discomfort. We will strap up the collarbone for maximum comfort and mobility. I won the 125 cc race there last year and I’m so pleased I can ride because I’ve  been really motivated to get back out there and race ever since the crash in Malaysia.”

Sad end to the season in Valencia

The 2011 MotoGP season comes to a sad conclusion on Sunday in the final round of the Championship at the Generali Grand Prix of the Comunitat Valencia in Spain.

The MotoGP paddock comes together for the final time still stunned by the death of Marco Simoncelli at the previous round in Malaysia but equally determined to race to the limit in memory of the Italian. Simoncelli’s San Carlo Gresini team will compete in the MotoGP race in Valencia with Hiroshi Aoyama and in Moto2 with Yuki Takahashi and Michele Pirro in a tribute to their team-mate.

Fausto Gresini
“The decision to participate was not an easy one, but we have made this choice as it is what Marco would have wanted. Going out on track at Valencia is definitely the best way to honour him by doing what he most loved to do: Ride and experience the world of MotoGP. This is why I believe that the best show of affection that we can make to Marco is by lining up our teams and riders for this race. ‘Super Sic’ will be present in the hearts of Hiroshi Aoyama, Michele Pirro and Yuki Takahashi, and I am sure that they will give him a most fitting tribute with their performances on Sunday.”

Friday 4 November
09.15 – 09.55              125cc Free Practice 1
10.10 – 10.55              MotoGP Free Practice 1
11.10 – 11.55              Moto2 Free Practice 1
13.15 – 13.55              125cc Free Practice 2
14.10 – 14.55              MotoGP Free Practice 2
15.10 – 15.55              Moto2 Free Practice 2

Saturday 5 November
09.15 – 09.55              125cc Free Practice 3
10.10 – 10.55              MotoGP Free Practice 3
11.10 – 11.55              Moto2 Free Practice 3
13.00 – 13.40              125cc Qualifying Practice
13.55 – 14.55              MotoGP Qualifying Practice
15.10 – 15.55              Moto2 Qualifying Practice

Sunday 6 November
08.40 – 09.00              125cc Warm Up
09.10 – 09.30              Moto2 Warm Up
09.40 – 10.00              MotoGP Warm Up
11.00                           125cc RACE (20 laps)
12.15                           Moto2 RACE (21 laps)
14.00                           MotoGP RACE (23 laps)

Schedule is local time
Time Zone: GMT +1 hour


Practice, qualifying and the races will be shown at the following times on British television:

Saturday 5 November
11.50 – 15.00 MotoGP, Qualifying Red Button/Online

Sunday 6 November
09.50 – 12.05    125cc & Moto2 Races BBC Red Button
12.30 – 14.00    MotoGP Race BBC Two
14.00 – 14.30    MotoGP Extra BBC Red Button

Friday 4 November
12.10 – 15.00    Free Practice 125cc, MotoGP, Moto2

Saturday 5 November
11.55 – 15.10     Live Qualifying 125cc, Moto2, MotoGP

Sunday 6 November
09.45 – 12.25     125cc/Moto2 Race Live
14.00 – MotoGP Action

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