The Englishman admitted after the day’s running had completed that he was still suffering from the same problems that left him off the pace at Silverstone:
“Today was a lead on from Silverstone unfortunately,” admitted Smith. “It’s my own fault because I’ve led the engineers down this path that I thought was the right direction but it’s a dead end and we’ve got to climb our way back to the top of the hill,” Smith explained.
“At Brno we went a direction and I wanted to keep going in that direction but unfortunately it only seems to have worked at Brno. It seems that it’s a one trick pony though, we thought that Silverstone was bad because of cold temperatures but it wasn’t it. We’ll sort it out though. It’s only day one.
“It’s [to do with] weight distribution and I tried to turn the Yamaha into a Honda, making it shorter, and I tried to ride it like a Honda but it’s not designed to be ridden like that. When it worked in Brno I had it in my head that it would work everywhere.”
When asked about his crash Smith admitted that he was taken by surprise and didn’t know what had caused the accident when the front end tucked at the first corner:
“I’ve no idea what happened with the crash,” Smith added. ” I didn’t feel like I was anywhere near the limit and I think that I got caught out by the same bump that caught Cal out last year in the race. To be 14th there has to be something more wrong but I expected Ducati to be strong because they’ve tested here so much but we’re a long way off the factory Yamaha bikes too.”
Like many other riders Smith was asked to comment about the Seamless Shift Gearbox being debuted by the factory Yamaha riders and the rookie feels that it could play a crucial role in the fight for the championship:
“The seamless is definitely something better and it’s definitely great for Jorge’s championship,” said Smith. “I think it’s going to be a great tool for Jorge in fighting Marc. This is as close as we’ve seen the Yamaha to the Honda on this type of track and Yamaha definitely did their homework and I believe that it could be the key if Jorge wants to take another championship.”