Bradley Smith struggled to finish 11th at the San Marino Grand Prix and after the race his disappointment was clear with the Englishman obviously frustrated by another poor weekend which comes after struggling at his home race.
Having struggled at Silverstone after going down a blind alley in terms of setup Tech3 went back to basics over the weekend at Misano but both Smith and teammate, Cal Crutchlow, struggled throughout the San Marino Grand Prix weekend.
While Crutchlow was able to salvage a top six finish Smith could only follow the Ducati’s home at Misano but after the race he admitted that it was what he had expected today. Having lost ground at the start with a difficult bike Smith then spent the majority of the race trying different positions on the bike to adjust the weight balance on the bike:
“I gave myself the best chance possible and made a great start but I nearly highsided five or six times in the first three laps and dropped behind all the Ducati’s and then found my pace. I wasn’t really able to battle so I treated the race like a test and tried loads of different lines and body positions, braking strategies so that I could give the guys as much information as possible to hopefully find a better setup.
” Tomorrow we’ll try a lot of stuff with rider position because I believe that our settings are similar [to the other Yamaha riders] but I think that where I sit on the bike and how I sit on it is a little bit wrong at the minute. I’ve to move around a lot to try and make it work so we’ll see what we find tomorrow.”
When asked why he had tried moving his body weight to different positions during the race Smith explained that it was in an attempt to put more weight on the rear of the bike to give more grip under braking and turn in:
“We are struggling with too much front load and not enough rear contact so the only way around that is to sit bolt on to the top of the seat and not even prepare for the corner. So under braking I’m bang in the middle of the seat and have to wait until the last minute to move which obviously isn’t a natural riding style. Also coming out of corners I can’t lead off the side of the bike without it spinning so have to move before I can get any grip. Our setting is close to the factory settings but where I’m sitting seems to be upsetting the bike.”
Aragon is likely to be a circuit that will suit the Honda’s to a much greater degree than the Yamaha but due to its high grip track surface Smith said that he is excited to get to the next round of the championship in two weeks time.