Bradley Smith upbeat despite poor display at German GP

Bradley Smith
Smith has secured three podium finishes in his debut Moto2 season

Moto2 racer Bradley Smith believes his failure to finish at the Sachsenring GP last Sunday will not harm his chances of success this season.

Smith was forced to retire on lap 16 in Germany after a fault with his engine.

"I know what we can achieve and what we're capable of, and I've no doubt that we can have a great second half of the season," Smith told his websiteexternal-link.

"It's frustrating to go like this into the summer break but it means I'll be highly motivated to return stronger."

The 20-year-old, who will next race at Brno in Czech Republic on 14 August, admits he was at fault for Sunday's race after the result ended his run of three podium finishes.

"I made a slight mistake going into the first corner. I downshifted too many gears and I couldn't get the bike stopped and that was a big mistake on my part," Smith added.

"I have to say sorry to Tech3 - they worked very hard this weekend and they gave me a great machine to do the business on.

"I had a really good pace and felt really confident coming back through the field.

"My times were in the 1.25 seconds and that was faster than Marquez and Bradl but then I made another silly mistake at turn three and could not get the bike going again."