Bel-Ray Powersports Lubricants Moto2 Grand Prix Reports-Jerez, Spain
April 4 2011- As the old saying goes, the rain in Spain falls mainly on the racetrack…or something like that.
In only his second Moto2 event, Bel-Ray backed, Bradley Smith just missed out on a podium appearance at Round 2 of the Moto2 Grand Prix series this past weekend in Jerez, Spain.
The 20-year-old Smith stormed Saturday’s qualifying, with a 1:43:50 just .794 seconds off the pole position. Smith is familiar with the Jerez circuit, as it was the location of his first ever Grand Prix win in 2009, and he brought that confidence into Sunday’s Grand Prix event.
With persistent rain falling during the entire 26 lap event, Smith was able to put his British heritage and wet weather racing experience to the test and jumped out to an excellent start from his second row starting position.
The young Tech3 Team rider had the brief opportunity to claim the lead on the first lap, but was passed early on by Simone Corsi and Thomas Luthi. Smith held on to the third place position until lap seven, when the eventual race winner, Andrea Iannone would surpass him. As Luthi and Iaonne began to pull away from the rest of the field, Smith began a battle for the final podium spot with Corsi for several laps. Then with 10 laps remaining, he was under attack from the 5th place rider, German Stefan Bradl. Smith would eventually pull away from Bradl, but he was unable to catch the Italian Corsi for 3rd and would have to settle for 4th place for the event.
After the event, Smith thanked his team and crew chief and was very happy with the results. “I thought ninth was a great result in Qatar, so fourth just feels fantastic and I want to thank my Tech 3 Racing Team and my crew chief, Tom Jojic, because the bike was working brilliantly in really difficult conditions”, and he looked forward to the next Grand Prix event. “I've still got a lot to learn to be fighting closer for the podium, but I'll take this fourth with both hands and look forward to the next race in Estoril, with a lot of confidence and optimism.”
Follow Smith’s results this season on www.belray.com