Bradley Smith rode equally as bravely once on the ‘dry bike’ but didn’t quite have any luck as he had a technical problem with the bike with just one lap remaining that prevented him seeing the chequered flag.
“These conditions make it very difficult and stressful for the whole team as it doesn’t make it easy with so many different scenarios and so many ways to react. We had a long bike change after lap two but so soon after the start it doesn’t give the crew a lot of time (to change the bike settings) but then later on the race wasn’t going in its best direction only for the bike to have a problem so I decided it was better to save the bike and stop. What I do want to do is to congratulate the whole team on their first top ten; it’s a huge amount of work from everybody. First of all, Pol is riding so he takes the majority of the credit but it’s a huge team effort from not only here at the track but from the test team and everybody back at KTM Motorsport in Austria. So, a frustrating way to end the weekend as there have been many positives in the rain and also in the dry yesterday afternoon but we weren’t quite able to show it today. Having said that, I’m looking forward to a full day of testing tomorrow here at Brno to work on something ready for the team’s home Grand Prix in Austria next weekend.”
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