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Smith: “It was a great start to my home GP”

Smith: “It was a great start to my home GP”

Bradley Smith got his home GP off to a brilliant start, ending Friday’s Free practice third on the combined timesheets.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Smith produced a superb start at his home Grand Prix weekend by storming to 3rd place overall at the end of the first day of action. Smith recently announced an extension to his contract that sees him stay with Tech 3 in 2016.

Smith ended FP1 in seventh and used most of FP2 to fine-tune the setup of his M1. In the final third of the session, the young Briton delivered a superb time of 2’02.531 on his 13th lap which saw him end the day in the top three, merely 0.193s back from the leading time.

Bradley Smith: “It was a great start to my home GP and it’s clear to see that the Yamaha is working really well here for me. I always have good confidence when I compete at Silverstone, especially with my riding style, and I’m not afraid of high-speed circuits as we saw at Phillip Island last year. Initially we struggled a bit in FP1 as the track conditions were not fantastic, but in the afternoon the grip levels increased and we were then able to analyse both compounds of front and rear tyres, which was positive. We are unsure of what the temperature will be on Sunday, so we need to be ready for anything. Yet, it’s fantastic to start the British GP in this manner and after signing my contract, there is no stress and I can completely focus on my job. The team made a fantastic effort today but of course, we expect the other guys to catch up tomorrow. Nevertheless, our performance here means that we can start FP3 with confidence as we aim to continue improving whilst working on the base setup for the race. Also, I must give a big thanks to everyone for coming out today and we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

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MotoGP, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, FP2, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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