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“Sam rode the per­fect race, and he could have gone even faster if he had needed to. Even bet­ter, I wasn’t there to see him win his first race so I got to see him win one to­day. It was mint!

“I don’t know if he’ll win the ti­tle – but he’ll have a good go at it. To win a ti­tle, you al­ways need a bit of luck, but he’ll be try­ing as hard as he can and he’s as tal­ented as ev­ery other rider in the class.

“Com­ing from pro­duc­tion racing, he’s had peo­ple telling him how to ride or what to do – and he’s done his own thing. Jerez in the heat is one of the most dif­fi­cult tracks to ride, and he went out there, rid­ing the way he al­ways did, and made it look easy! I like that about him!”

ALEX LOWES Rear tyre vi­bra­tions left Crutchlow strug­gling for pace Smith took small but pos­i­tive steps in Spain

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