MotoGP Le Mans: 'Eventful' 100th grand prix for Smith21/05/2012
By MotoGP desk
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Britain's Bradley Smith had an eventful 100th Grand Prix race in the Le Mans Moto2 round yesterday, going from mid-pack to front-runner in one lap, running on, crashing within sight of the chequered flag and still getting points.
The Oxfordshire coppertop revelled in the wet conditions and hauled himself right into contention with fellow Brits Scott Redding and Gino Rea in the early laps, passing Marc Marquez in the process but a couple of small errors pushed him back down the order.
“It was an eventful way to mark my 100th race and I suppose it could have been better and it could have been worse. I had a brilliant first couple of laps and was quickly battling for the podium. It was difficult because I wanted to be aggressive and push but I had to be careful not to take too many risks with the conditions so tricky," said Smith.
"The bike was sliding around a lot, particularly on corner entry, and that's why I ran off. I recovered my confidence and pace really quickly and it was great to battle my way back inside the top six. But I made a small mistake at the final corner and crashed. I'm happy because I could pick the bike up and still finish 10th and I was also very fast in the wet conditions. But I'm a little bit disappointed too because it was possible to fight for the podium, and that would have been an amazing way to celebrate my 100th race."