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Smith: “I’m ready to do my best in front of my home fans”

Smith: “I’m ready to do my best in front of my home fans”

Bradley Smith will start Sunday’s Octo British Grand Prix as the highest placed Brit, sixth on the second row.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith has looked strong all weekend, ending Friday’s practice sessions in third overall. The British rider will start Sunday’s race in sixth, lapping within a second of Marc Marquez’s (Repsol Honda) recording breaking pole lap. Smith was extremely happy to qualify ahead of both the factory Ducati riders, especially as he is defending fifth in the MotoGP™ World Championship from Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).

Smith is feeling confident of a strong finish in Sunday’s race having spent the FP4 session focusing on race setup as opposed to one lap pace. The Brit has become well known for his rapid starts in MotoGP™ and sixth positions him well to grab the inside line into Turn 1. If Smith is able to latch onto the top factory riders in the opening laps he should be able to create a comfortable gap to the Ducatis behind.

Bradley Smith: “I am pleased with my starting position for tomorrow’s race on the second row and I’m ready to do my best in front of my home fans. We accomplished exactly what we hoped to achieve today as it is crucial to get a good grid position in front of the Ducati MotoGP bikes, especially at a track like this. Those bikes are very fast on the straight, but not as quick as the Yamaha in the corners, so I knew that I needed to produce a good result in order start in front of them. We tried a few things in FP4 for our race setup for tomorrow, but to be honest, we knew that there were some tweaks that we could make to improve my single lap time, but I focused on getting everything sorted for tomorrow instead. Anyway, it’s my third consecutive second row start in part two of the season, which shows our progress is continuing and even though I still need to find a bit more race pace tomorrow morning, I feel good. I hope that the weather remains dry as a lot of English fans are coming out to cheer for me, so I will do my absolute best to not disappoint them by fighting inside the top six or higher.”

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

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