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Bradley Smith cautious over Moto2 expectation

Bradley Smith
Smith makes his second Moto2 appearance at Jerez on Sunday

Oxford's Bradley Smith has refused to get carried away with an impressive Moto2 debut that saw him finish ninth in Qatar earlier this month.

Smith, 20, who came fourth in the 125cc World Championship last season, will race at the Jerez Grand Prix on Sunday.

"It was a great way to start the season but we'll be keeping our feet firmly on the ground," Smith told BBC Oxford.

"We learnt so much in those 20 laps and it's going to be an experience we can take into the rest of the season."

Smith won his first ever grand prix at Jerez at a 125cc meeting in May 2009, and the Tech3 racer says he is relishing the prospect of competing at the track again as a Moto2 racer.

It's definitely an exciting time as we're trying to get this bike to be a race-winning machine

Moto2 racer Bradley Smith

"I have a lot of good memories of Jerez as I won my first grand prix there and it's also a track we've been testing at during the winter," he said.

"Although ninth position was a great place to start, we are looking to build on that in Spain.

"The team have been working really hard and all the mechanics have been building new parts for me so I'll be going to Jerez with new parts.

"It's definitely an exciting time as we're trying to get this bike to be a race-winning machine and it's going to take some hard work, but a few races in we're going to have a bike that's more than competitive enough.

"It's now down to me to do my thing."



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see also
Moto2 rider Smith debuts in ninth
21 Mar 11 |  Motorsport
Smith ends 125cc career with win
08 Nov 10 |  Motorsport
Smith suffers slow start in Qatar
12 Apr 10 |  MotoGP
Smith excited by new 125cc season
22 Mar 10 |  MotoGP


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