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Bradley Smith delighted with best ever finish

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British MotoGP rider Bradley Smith was happy with a ninth placed finish in the Italian Grand Prix after suffering numerous injuries.

Smith achieved his best ever MotoGP finish despite two crashes ahead of the race in which he suffered a cracked wrist, a damaged finger and a black eye.

The 22-year-old will now have to have a skin-graft operation on his finger and his wrist injury still needs to be assessed.

Smith told BBC Sport: "Ninth position is probably way better than I expected, especially after the crash.

"I made one mistake during the race, because trying to ride a MotoGP bike with my right arm isn't the best idea."

The race at Mugello, near Florence, was won by reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo with Dani Pedrosa second while Britain's Cal Crutchlow completing the podium line up.

Marc Marquez was in second position with just three laps remaining but the young rookie crashed for the fourth time that weekend.

The win was Lorenzo's second of the season and leaves him 12 points behind compatriot Pedrosa who had encountered traction problems over the course of the weekend, despite managing to secure pole position in qualifying.

There was disappointment for the home crowd as Valentino Rossi collided with Alvaro Bautista in the first lap to send both riders out of the race.


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