Frenchman Mike Di Meglio was left disappointed after finishing down in 26th in the Spanish Moto2 Grand Prix.

The Tech3 rider was unable to match the pace of teammate Bradley Smith, who finished up in fourth, as he struggled with the set-up on the Mistral 610.

After the cancellation of the Japanese Grand Prix, there are four weeks between now and the next round in Portugal, and Di Meglio feels he and the team have work to do.

The whole weekend was very difficult. We had the crash on Friday and a lot of things were going on. Now we have a bigger break and I hope we will be able to test, as I need to understand what is going on. The bike is good I think, but unfortunately I did not find the right balance yet. We start off quite close to the first riders in practice, but then we start to lose more and more time and that is not normal. We need to understand why this happens before Portugal. I hope that we will be able to get back to the front soon where Bradley is because he’s doing a fantastic job for the Tech 3 Racing Team.”

Team Manager Herve Poncharal was pleased with the potential showed by the bike in the hands of Smith, and feels that Di Meglio will soon be joining him at the front.

“The Mistral610 has a good potential, which I hope can be picked up by Mike. It was a tough weekend for Mike and clearly he needs to find some confidence. I have no doubt that he can go fast and I believe in him and I hope that the fact that Bradley is doing so well will help Mike to get his confidence back”.

The Tech3 team have made an impressive start to the 2011 Moto2 World Championship, and with improvements still to be made, they will be hopeful of challenging for podiums as the season progresses.