Just one weekend on from the Australian GP at Philip Island and it’s all go again as the British 125cc and MotoGP riders get set for the Malaysian GP at Sepang. Following his fourth consecutive podium finish in Australia Bradley Smith could clinch the runner-up spot in the 125cc World Championship at the race on Sunday. The Oxfordshire teenager holds a 21 point advantage over third placed Nico Terol with two rounds remaining after his Aspar team-mate Julian Simon clinched the title in Australia.
The other two British teenagers in the 125 cc World Championship have had a tough time but both scored some welcome points in Australia. Redding overcame some desperate mechanical problems to finish 11th while Webb, despite two big crashes over the Australian weekend, was 13th.
James Toseland meanwhile will ve hoping for a change of fortune in his two remaining races in MotoGP. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider jumped the start in Australia, endured a ride through penalty and finally finished 14th.
“It is fantastic to be going somewhere nice and warm because at Phillip Island it was really cold. We had an incredible weekend in Australia and I can wait to get back on track at Sepang. I think we’re more or less decided on what we’ll do in terms of the set-up of my Aprillia. On Sunday I had victory within my grasp but I let it slip in the last couple of corners so this weekend I’ll fight even harder for it. I did well at Sepang last year so it should be good for us again this time around and we need to take advantage of that. Myself and my bike have been performing well for a few races now so we need to work hard to maintain that and hang on to second place in the championship. I’m sure it will be a tough weekend because of the heat but I guess this is where all the physical training you do throughout the rest of the year really comes in.”
“At last I scored some points and perhaps my luck will change in those last two races, starting on Sunday.”
“It was a tough weekend in Australia but at least I took some points and that’s the aim in Malaysia and Valencia.”
“I’m struggling to express how I feel after the jump start decision in Australia. All I can do before I go out of MotoGP is give it my very best in those last two races.”
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