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Smith targets championship push

Bradley Smith
Smith has claimed two grand prix wins this season

Bradley Smith says he is determined to regain his lead in the 125cc world championship this weekend in Holland.

The 18-year old from Oxfordshire finished a disappointing eighth last time out in Barcelona, and now trails team-mate Julian Simon by 1.5 points.

"Obviously I struggled a bit in Barcelona but we were handed a lifeline by Simon," said Smith

"The championship is only just over one-third distance and so it's important to keep scoring points."

Smith finished fourth in practice ahead of this weekend's race at the Dutch MotoGP on Thursday.

"I have good and bad memories of Assen last year. I was leading the race by over three seconds when it started to rain and I crashed," said Smith.

"In the five lap re-run I was fifth but despite the problems in Barcelona we go into the race on Saturday with some real confidence."

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see also
Simon unseats Smith in standings
14 Jun 09 |  MotoGP
Smith wins to lead championship
31 May 09 |  MotoGP
Smith storms to debut GP victory
03 May 09 |  MotoGP
Smith starts new season testing
05 Feb 09 |  MotoGP
Smith seals Aspar Aprilia switch
07 Oct 08 |  MotoGP
Smith clinches second in Malaysia
20 Oct 08 |  MotoGP

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