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Smith battles hard for vital points in Catalunya

  Date: Monday 04 June, 2012
Tech 3 Racing Team rider Bradley Smith using GBRacing motorcycle crash protection rode a determined race at the Catalunya circuit this afternoon to maintain his impressive 100% points-scoring record in the 2012 Moto2 World Championship.

Starting from 13th place on the grid, the British rider spent the entire 23-lap race battling inside the top 15 in cloudy but warm conditions.

A brilliant overtake on Alex de Angelis on lap 21 ensured Smith secured 11th position and he has now scored points in each of the opening five races of the season to remain inside the top 10 in the overall World Championship rankings.

Jordi Torres enjoyed a positive afternoon too on his first race on board the Mistral 610 machine.

Replacing the injured Tech 3 Racing regular Xavier Simeon, Torres was locked in an exciting battle with Smith in the early stages and he rode aggressively to put himself in a position to score the first World Championship points of his career.

Torres eventually finished 15th, which secured him his best ever World Championship result and he was able to give the Tech 3 Racing Team vital information that will help development of the Mistral 610 in the future.

Bradley Smith 11th – 28 points: “Looking at the positives I have finished inside the points again and kept my place inside the top 10 in the Championship. But the gap to the front is still too big and we have to keep working hard to reduce that in the future races. I had a quite good start and put myself in a position to fight for the top 10 but the bike was nervous in the braking area at the beginning of the race and at the end I was not able to do the lap time of the group led by Corsi. I'm quite disappointed about that because I expected to fight for sixth place. We learned a lot once again and we will try and improve our situation to be more competitive at Silverstone, which is obviously a huge weekend for me being my home race.”

Jordi Torres 15th - 1 points: “I'd said before the race that I have to make an aggressive start to stay with the fast guys bec ause I am not used to competing in the World Championship. The first corners were quite tricky and a few riders touched me and I was afraid I was going to crash out. I just decided to fight as hard as possible and I really enjoyed it. After four laps the tyres started to drop and I had some problems to adapt to this situation, as I'm not used to it from the Spanish Championship. At the beginning it was a bit easier to stay with the guys like Smith, de Angelis and Corti because what I lost on the straight because of my weight I could recover it in the braking zone where I was aggressive. But it got more difficult as the grip continued to drop and I risked crashing out a few times, so I decided to slow down a little bit and finish the race. I'm completely happy with the result because I wanted to be in the points but I am very happy with the work we did during the weekend. The Tech 3 Team is very professional and I learned a lot. I really enjoyed this experience and I want to stay a big thanks to the Team for this opportunity.”

Herve Poncharal – Team Manager: “We expected a little bit more from today's race but at least Bradley and Jordi finished and we gained some more crucial information on the Mistral 610 machine. Bradley was in the points again and he never gave up, but clearly his potential is higher and we need to work together to try and be closer to the front. I want to thank Jordi also because he did a fantastic job in difficult circumstances. It is never easy jumping on a new bike against this level of competition but he quickly adapted to the Mistral 610 machine and he was very professional in his approach. He didn't make any mistakes all weekend and he gave us a lot of feedback on the bike. He qualified very close to the top 10 and it's fantastic that we could help him to score his firs t World Championship points with us. It has been a pleasure working him and I think everybody in the Tech 3 Racing Team enjoyed the experience.”