Smith storms to strong qualifying as leading Yamaha in Brno
Posted on Aug 16, 2014 by Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith completed a superbly executed qualifying performance at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky which will see him start the 11th round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship from 4th on the grid.
The young British rider continued yesterday’s positive start at the Automotodrom Brno by opening today with a superb 3rd place finish and as the top Yamaha in the morning practice with a best time of 1'56.780 which saw him sail straight through to the Q2 qualifying session. The 23 year old proceeded to push further onwards in the dry qualifying shootout and on his 6th and last lap he powered over the start finish line to post a best time of 1’55.730 in what was an impressively hard fought qualifying session.
In addition, his inspiring lap time was incredibly a mere four thousandths of a second from the front row and his expert performance saw him only two tenths from the circuit best lap. The British star will seek to undertake a lightening start from the front of the second row and then aggressively compete to be the leading satellite bike aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 in tomorrow’s race at Brno.
Bradley Smith: Position: 4th – Time: 1'55.730 – Laps: 6
"I am very pleased with the qualifying result as it gives me the perfect platform for a strong result tomorrow. It’s the first time since the start of the season that we have been back to the level of performance that we had at Qatar and today I was able to score a positive grid position. The team did an excellent job and I must thank my technicians and Guy Coulon for their brilliant technical knowledge plus guidance. In all honesty, I was a bit worried as we seemed to struggle yesterday but it’s super to be back up to speed and then to top it off by qualifying on the second row. Furthermore I am really happy with my decision to use the front medium for the Q2 session which was the perfect choice. I am very confident that I will be able to have a good start and then stay at the front with the leading riders, so I am really looking forward to tomorrow’s race."