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Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith is still on a high from his podium result in Australia and ahead of the final round of the season in Valencia he is delighted to be pushing for sixth place in the general standings.
As the Englishman reaches the finale of his second campaign in the premier class, he is in good spirits following a string of solid recent results. “I’ve very much enjoyed my second year in MotoGP having had the experience of 12 months already of riding the M1,” says the young rider from Oxfordshire. “It’s been a more enjoyable experience the second time around. Once you understand these bikes fully it is a great pleasure to ride them.”
This is the end of Smith’s ninth full season in Grand Prix racing and he is pleased to be contesting sixth in the championship with his teammate Pol Espargaro and Pol’s brother Aleix who rides for NGM Forward Racing.
Smith comments on his year so far and his recent strong form, “From a results point of view the second half of the season has been the saviour. I showed a good turn of pace already at the beginning of the season and I just had to learn to manage that into race performances. Amazing feelings still now from the first MotoGP podium in Australia. Now I am battling for sixth place in the championship which at the beginning of the season was what we were going for. So after all the ups and downs we are on target with where we wanted to be by the end of the year.”
On what he has learned so far in MotoGP over his two years at the top, Smith adds, “The list is endless. Working in MotoGP with not only the best bikes in the World, the best technicians, the best equipment, world class specialists, data engineers, chief mechanics, tyre engineers, suspension guys, you draw constant information from them. As a rider you learn to extract 100% of your talent. I’m not saying you don’t do that back in the lower classes, but in MotoGP you are always riding against World Champions. No-one has a bad day, no-one is ‘not feeling very good’, no-one waits for you!”
Smith will continue with Tech 3 in 2015 alongside Pol Espargaro as the Englishman rides for a third season in the premier class.
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