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GP Week : Issue 48
125: Smith doubles up GOD Saved The Queen for a second time this season, as pole starter Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar Aprilia) added another win, holding his own in a fearsome early battle to emerge as one of three candidates by the end. Spaniard Nico Terol (J&J Aprilia) was a close second, with third-placed Julian Simon (Bancaja Aspar Aprilia) dropping back by the finish. The track was dry but cold after morning drizzle, and the early laps a magnificent brawl, riders running three or four abreast. Erstwhile points leader Andrea Iannone (Ongetta Aprilia) played a prominent role, leading on lap two … until on lap 6 he suddenly slowed, his engine broken. The interruption gave then leader Smith a little breathing space, but he was caught by Simon and Terol. Smith led most often over the line, but they were all over each other until Simon slowed with three laps left, his engine overheating. Smith made the most of it, managing to hold Terol at bay by 0.216s. “That was really tough, but I’ve shrugged off the demons of not being able to win from pole,”he said. The major battle was for fourth, devolving to a five-bike pack as the end approached – one who had left it was Danny Webb (Degraaf Aprilia), tumbling on lap 9. The decisive incident came on the last lap. Pol Espargaro (Derbi) led the group onto it from Sandro Cortese (Ajo Derbi), with everybody still swapping to and fro. Then Cortese tangled with a back- marker and fell. Then Scott Redding (Blusens Aprilia) had a huge handstand moment on last corner, smashing the seat as he landed back on the bike. This left Espargaro to lead fellow- Spaniard Marc Marquez (Repsol KTM) over the line, with rookie Johann Zarco (WTR Aprilia) and Redding a couple of seconds adrift. Lorenzo shows flaw in one-bike rule “IF this happened next year, our race would have been ruined.”So said Jorge Lorenzo’s crew chief Daniele Romagnoli, after a fraught afternoon yielded a lucky second place. Lorenzo explained how he had been looking for a good wet-tyre feeling on the sighting lap when he touched a kerb and crashed. Muddied and dismayed, he managed to restart his Yamaha and get it back to the pit. Without even cleaning his visor, he switched to his spare, and got out of pit lane again with five seconds to spare, to take his place on pole. As is normal, the spare was also set for the wet. “We only change to the other tyres after the start,” said Romagnoli. “My mechanics said to me there was no way to fix the bike. I said: ‘you have to fix it’.”And, according to the rules, it had to be done on the pit apron, not in the pit. They had to replace the full front brake system, said Romagnoli: “lever, master cylinder, pipes and everything; the complete throttle, the right-hand footpeg and rear brake, half the exhaust, and all the bodywork except the tank and the seat.” They managed it, and Lorenzo was able to switch to what was now his dry bike at the end of lap ten. “With just one bike, we would have been out of the race before it started,”said Romagnoli. 30 250: P