SMITH STAYS POS­I­TIVE

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Bradley Smith left Amer­ica pleased with his week­end’s progress de­spite an end to his in­cred­i­ble run of 26 pointss­cor­ing Mo­togp fin­ishes, af­ter mak­ing rad­i­cal changes to the Mon­ster Tech 3 Yamaha in an at­tempt to un­der­stand Mo­togp’s new Miche­lin tyres.

He said: “We’re rein­vent­ing the whole way of mak­ing the bike work. Noth­ing seemed to be work­ing. I’m dis­ap­pointed that some­thing silly ru­ined our race, but we were def­i­nitely stronger at the be­gin­ning of this Grand Prix than we have been in the first two.”

Caught up in Cal Crutchlow’s crash at turn 11, Smith was left un­sure of ex­actly what caused him to go down. “It was just a lit­tle bit off the line and when Cal went down it caught me by sur­prise, so I re­leased the brake. I was slightly off line, and I fell at the same place.”

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