Smith struggles with rear tyre deterioration
Posted on Oct 25, 2020 by Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Bradley Smith had a good start and in the early stages of the race, it seemed like he would be able to recover some positions. His comeback ride was slowed by rear tyre deterioration, keeping him from being incisive over the full race distance and forcing him to settle for a finish in the points zone.
"The race began well. I stayed with Petrucci and we were making up ground on the group. My speed in the early laps was good and my tenth place on the list of fast laps proves that, but then, with the tyre deterioration, we were unable to maintain the pace. We know that this is one of our weak points and I hope that the data collected in these races will help the guys at Aprilia to improve the 2021 project. It’s frustrating to always run into the same difficulties, but we won’t give up. Down to the final race, we’ll work hard to improve."