Donnington 2015 No Joy for Kyle

No joy for Smith on UK debut

Britain’s Kyle Smith crashed out of today’s sixth round World Superport race at Donington Park in the UK, finishing off a difficult weekend for the Pata Honda rider on his UK racing debut.

The Spanish-based Honda CBR600RR pilot had never ridden in the UK before this weekend and took most of the practice and qualifying sessions to get accustomed to the particular characteristics of the 4.023km Donington Park circuit.

A difficult qualifying session yesterday left Smith starting today’s 20-lap race from 12th on the grid but the 23-year-old got a good start and had climbed to eighth place before he crashed out of contention.

His DNF marked the second successive race that he has failed to score but he and his Pata Honda crew are determined to re-group and make amends at Portimao in Portugal where the seventh round of the series will be hosted in two weeks time.

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Kyle Smith.
It’s been a really bad weekend for me in my first race in the UK. Imola was pretty bad but this has been worse and I’ve not found a groove all weekend. The lap times have kept dropping but I’ve had mishaps like the crash in qualifying yesterday, which cost me some places on the grid. I got a good start like I needed and was just settling into the race when I lost the front like I did in Imola. There are a couple of issues at the front of the bike that I’m not comfortable with so I need to find a solution and re-group for the next race.

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
Kyle got a reasonable start and was trying to make his way further to the front and he crashed. He has not had good run lately and has had too many crashes so we’ll have to look at the settings on the front of the bike or his riding style. We’ll work hard to identify the problem though and come back fighting in Portugal.

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