“Battered And Bruised” Smith Eying Podium Finish

Bradley Smith is hopeful of racing with the frontrunners in tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix despite carrying painful injuries. The Briton qualified sixth despite breaking two toes in a practice crash and is expecting a painful afternoon physically on Sunday, although he still expects to be competitive.

“To be on the second row is a great result considering my physical condition because it was incredibly hard work. I just had to grit my teeth and brave the pain and it is great to be rewarded with a top six. I need to say a big thanks to the Clinica Mobile staff because without them I wouldn’t be able to ride. They’ve done a fantastic job to help me but I know it will be a long and tough race. The heat and humidity makes it even harder when you are not 100% fit at this track, but I will get plenty of rest tonight and ice the foot again. I’m a little bit battered and bruised after two big crashes in a week and my foot is not great. I’ve got a crack in the fourth toe at the joint and a crack in my big toe. But I will be giving it my best shot tomorrow and I’m still confident I can be battling at the front.”

Tech 3 teammate Xavier Simeon has work to do from 24th on the grid after a poor qualifying session but expects his race pace to take him towards the points.

“Today was not a very good result and it will be a tough race tomorrow. My race pace is not too bad but when I needed to push for the fast lap time at the end I wasn’t as fast as I expected. It is going to be an intense battle tomorrow because I have to make a lot of passes to get into the points, and with the heat and humidity it is going to be a very demanding race. The Mistral 610 though is normally really strong over the race distance, so I am convinced I will be able to fight for some points. As always I will be giving 100% to get the best result I can for the Tech 3 Racing Team.”