Di Meglio Bemoans Wet Conditions after Positive Qualifying

by Louis Suddaby

Mike Di Meglio was frustrated after struggling in the wet conditions at Silverstone, undoing the good work he had done in the dry.

The Tech 3 rider qualified in ninth and looked on course to challenge for his best result of the season but was unable to match the stunning performance of his teammate Bradley Smith who charged up to second. The Frenchman toiled to an eventual 17th and missed out on any points.

Di Meglio maintained that he was in much better shape in dry conditions but lost all confidence on the Mistral 610 when the heavens opened on race day.

“I am really sad and disappointed because in Barcelona I had such a good feeling with the bike and found my confidence again. But here in the wet conditions I lost the feeling with the bike and my confidence dropped again. I was expecting so much from this race with my good qualifying result yesterday, but this was not really what I expected. We found quite a few solutions this weekend and need to continue working in this way, so apart from the race, it was quite a positive weekend.”

Team manager Herve Poncharal was surprised to see Di Meglio struggling so much in conditions that have suited him in the past, but with Smith's heroics, the team still had a day to remember.

“The race was a disappointment for Mike. He looked good in qualifying yesterday to finish ninth. We know he likes the rain, but he never had the right feeling on the bike and was too cautious. Once again though all credit to Bradley because I think he put on an amazing show for the British fans.”

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