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Jakub Smrz got his big break in 2007 when he was chosen to replace Roberto Rolfo for the SC Caracchi Ducati team, a move that took many by surprise based on his previous track record. Prior to moving up to World Superbike, Smrz honed his racing skills racing primarily 125cc and 250cc Honda GP bikes, with his best results being a 12th-place finish in 2006, albeit racing for Aprilia.
In 2009 the Czech rider posted his best results when he scored 169 points and finished 10th overall for the Guandalini Ducati squad. He also scored his first podium in 2009 with a third-place effort at Assen, and secured his first pole position after a strong showing at Misano.
In 2010 Jakub Smrz competed in World Superbike onboard the Ducati 1098R for the privateer PATA B&G Racing team. Bringing three years of WSBK racing experience to the fledgling team, the 27-year-old took home 13th in the championship and failed to reach the podium.
For 2011 Smrz will be racing with the Liberty Racing team, which is based in the Czech Republic. Also joining the non-factory Ducati team alongside Smrz will be Sylvain Guintoli.
Smrz took 14th overall in his 2011 World Superbike campaign and returned in 2012 with Liberty Racing to try and post a better showing. He struggled to keep pace with front-runners, but was able to finish within the top-10 a number of times. At Silverstone, he earned a podium finish in Race 2, placing third. That would end up being Smrz’s last race of the season though, as ongoing management re-organization within Liberty Racing saw the team opt out of the Moscow round entirely. Once the team returned at Nurburgring, it was announced that Smrz had left the squad. Despite his absence from the final three rounds, he finished the year 15th overall.
For 2013 Smrz will head to the British Superbike Championship with Splitlath Redmond Aprilia.
2012 – 15th World Superbike – Ducati
2011 – 14th World Superbike – Ducati
2010 – 13th World Superbike – Ducati
2009 – 10th World Superbike – Ducati
2008 – 13th World Superbike – Ducati
2007 – 14th World Superbike – Ducati
2006 – 12th 250cc MotoGP – Aprilia
2005 – 20th 250cc MotoGP – Honda
2004 – 20th 250cc MotoGP – Honda
2003 – 24th 250cc MotoGP – Honda