Smith "frustrated" after crash

‘Warnings’ told Smith he was ‘close to the limit’

Photo: Tech3

MotoGP rookie Bradley Smith is disappointed having not finished his first Grand Prix in his MotoGP campaign. The Oxfordshire rider was looking for a top 10 start to off the season with, following a promising testing campaign over the past couple of months.

Smith qualified for the Qatar GP in 9th ahead of both Pramac Ducati riders and Nicky Hayden, which is an improvement on the 13th he ended the testing season from Jerez with, last month.

The 22 year old got off to a flying start on Sunday night, breaching the top 6 on the first lap. He spent the first five laps of fighting for his ideal top ten place in the standings, he then binned it doing so, on lap five. “It is frustrating to crash out of my first MotoGP race so early because I need to be gaining all the experience I can. We changed the bike for tonight and the bike was much better on corner entry. Unfortunately I lost the front at Turn 7 and I was down. I’d had a couple of warnings and I will know for the future that I am close to the limit when that happens. There are a lot more positives than negatives to come out of this weekend but I can’t deny it would have been great to start the year with a top 10 finish. We move onto the next race in Austin where the goal again will be to build up my experience and learn more about the bike.”

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