Jerez 2015 Kyle 4th

Smith takes CBR to fourth place at Jerez.

Kyle Smith rode his Honda CBR600RR to fourth place in today’s tenth round World Supersport championship race at Jerez in Spain. The race was won by Kenan Sofuoglu as Smith’s fellow Honda CBR rider Patrick ‘PJ’ Jacobsen took second, with Lorenzo Zanetti securing the final podium position, denying Smith by 1.5s at the flag. Pata Honda’s Smith, 23, had qualified in fifth place for today’s 19-lap race at the 4.423km Jerez circuit. He struggled to make an impact in the early stages but, as his fuel load and grip levels decreased, he found he was able to make inroads and match the lap times of the leading riders. However, Smith ran out of laps, crossing the line 3.5 seconds behind Sofuoglu to retain sixth place in the overall championship standings with two rounds remaining.

Kyle Smith  – 4th
I struggled a bit at the beginning of the race like I have for most of the season. I’m not sure whether it’s bike set-up or the full tank of fuel but I just can’t seem to hold the pace at the beginning of races. But halfway in the pace was really really strong and I managed to claw my way back to fourth. I really felt like I had the pace to run with the front two but I just couldn’t make up the gap because of the amount that I’d lost at the beginning of the race. It’s something to work on for the next round, even though we’ve had the same problem all season. But we’ll see if we can come up with something!

 

Pieter Breddels  – technical co-ordinator
Kyle went into the first turn in fifth and the front runners gapped him a little bit. It took him a while to get in the groove but when he got going he was really doing some good lap times and making up the gap to the front runners. In the end he got up to fourth but it seems the race was just a little bit too short for him to reach the podium. He had a really positive weekend with the team though and we’ll take that to Magny-Cours with the aim to go one or two places better.

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