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Bradley Smith heads to the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix chasing past success to end an incredible season on top.
Back in 2014, Bradley Smith claimed his first premier class podium with third at the Australian GP, helping to complete a Yamaha podium lockout alongside the two factory riders. The British star intends to continue his consistent run in the 2015 MotoGP™ World Champion season and hunt for the podium once again. Last round at the Japanese GP saw the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider fail to finish as the top satellite rider, an honour he’s eager to regain in Australia. Alongside his 2014 MotoGP™ podium, Smith also took to the Phillip Island podium back in 2009 when he was second in the 125cc race.
Smith’s incredible 2015 campaign is highlighted by his 152 world championship points, setting him sixth in standings and just two points shy of Japanese GP winner Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda). The battle for fifth in the championship is close as Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) is just two points behind Smith, the Brit’s incredible consistency has him mixed in with the factory riders at the top of the championship. With the strength of the factory Honda, Yamaha and Ducati teams, a finish anywhere inside the top six of the world championship is a commendable result but Smith is still aiming to regain fifth.
Bradley Smith: “I am really excited about heading to Australia as Phillip Island is definitely a track that I have great memories of after my podium finish there last year. However, I can’t promise that I’ll do the same again this weekend, but I’ll try my absolute best and I am looking forward to the challenge. To be honest I am feeling really confident at the moment because my Yamaha has been working very well at Motegi and my pace in the dry was strong. On the other hand, the team did a great job with the setting for the wet conditions and it’s fair to say that we have taken some big steps forward in that direction.”
”This makes me feel more comfortable in case there could be more wet races in the remaining three GP’s in 2015. Regarding Phillip Island, I really enjoy riding there and I am sure a lot of other rides do too. It’s flowing nature certainly suits the style of the Yamaha which was proven by the result last year – an all Yamaha lock out on the podium. Still, we need to take note about the weather because there is always chance of rain with the track being right next to the ocean. Nevertheless, I am primed for the battle and I’ll do my best to get into the top six.”
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