Bradley Smith upbeat after poor finish at Catalunya GP

Bradley Smith
Smith finished fourth in the 125cc World Championship in 2010

Oxford-born Bradley Smith says he is upbeat despite his 19th-place finish at the Catalunya GP on Sunday.

Smith was eighth going into the final lap in Barcelona but he ran off track moments from the end to slip to 10th in the Championship.

Smith told his website: "It was a disappointing race, but we can't be negative, there were so many positives.

"I'm sure we will be fighting again at the front at Silverstone," said the 20-year-old.

It was an eventful race for Smith, who got caught up in a collision involving Thomas Luthi and Yuki Takahashi, and the Tech3 rider admits he was fortunate not to have suffered a serious crash.

"I was lucky not to crash and it was a big moment," he said.

"Then I started to catch the group again and had a very good feeling and I was in the battle for fifth.

"But the clutch started to have a problem at the end of the race. It started with the incident earlier and I think it was just a little bit worn out at the end.

"I actually ran off because my rear tyre touched the white line and it was still damp from the rain and I was lucky not to crash," he added.

The next fixture in the Championship takes place at Silverstone on 12 June and Smith says he is relishing the prospect of competing at his home track.

"I am now really excited to go to Silverstone for my home race. It is another track that is fast and flowing like here, so I think that is definitely going to suit our bike."