MOTORSPORT: Smith's sights on first finish

First published in Sport

Oxford's Bradley Smith will be looking to secure his first MotoGP finish in the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas tomorrow following his disastrous debut in Qatar.

The 22-year-old, from Forest Hill, crashed out on lap five when in 11th place after impressive practice and qualifying sessions on his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha.

However, the team’s preparations haven’t been helped by a small fire breaking out inside their pit garage.

A battery charger caught fire, damaging computer equipment and triggering the Texas circuit’s sprinkler system.

But Smith and teammates Cal Crutchlow’s bikes were undamaged.

The race is live on BBC 3 (7.30-9pm).

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