Smrz looking for improvement despite Silverstone points


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Jakub Smrz is looking to build-on his two points-scoring finishes in round one of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship at Silverstone.

The Smiths Racing rider lined-up on the grid for race one in 14th position and soon found himself battling down towards the back of the pack.

The Czech rider managed to battle his way through to 15th and one championship point.

The second race followed a similar pattern with Smrz battling alongside the same pack of riders. It looked like he could challenge for as high as 12th place at one stage but eventually had to settle for another 15th place finish.

A slightly disappointed Smrz said: “It’s been quite a tough weekend with the mixed weather conditions not allowing us to make improvements to the bike as we would have liked. We made changes all the time and the changes always made the bike better so we’re definitely moving in the right direction; we just need some good, dry track time to get to the place where we want to be.

“I scored points in both races, but, of course, 15th isn’t where I should be finishing. But all the changes we made were positive and we have a platform to build on. I really like the team and the Smiths BMW so am confident we’ll be stronger next time out.”

Team manager Rebecca Smith agreed that the team felt disappointed with the results over the weekend, however she believes that they can improve for the next race meeting.

She said: “We’re naturally disappointed with the results this weekend and they don’t reflect the effort everybody’s been putting in as the whole team have been working incredibly hard.

“The issues we’ve encountered have primarily been with set-up as everything else has been perfect so we’ve been left scratching our heads a bit as they’re problems we haven’t encountered before. We know the areas we need to improve though, so are looking forward to going testing at Oulton Park and resolving the problems we’ve had this weekend.”

The next round of the Championship takes place at Oulton Park in Cheshire over the May bank holiday weekend of April 30-May 2.