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Smith: “The track is usually quite greasy”

Smith: “The track is usually quite greasy”

After a winter testing program in Sepang, Bradley Smith is confident of overcoming the tough conditions and fighting for a solid result.

The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix is the last of the flyaways, ending the most intense period of racing in the MotoGP™ World Championship calendar. The previous two races have seen somewhat mixed results rom Britain’s Bradley Smith who now looks to Sepang to end the flyaways on a high note after a lacklustre tenth in Phillip Island. During winter testing, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider set very competitive times and is hopeful that the extensive work done during testing will pay dividends for the race. The Sepang track surface is well known to be quite greasy at this time of year, more so than during winter testing which may cause some difficulties.

Currently sixth in the World Championship, Smith is aiming to maintain this position against Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), though it will be difficult as Sepang’s two long straights will play to the Ducati’s strengths. Regardless of what happens in the race, Smith is guaranteed to finish as the top satellite rider in 2015; over 50 points clear of Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda). Phillip Island was an uncharacteristic blip in what has otherwise been an incredible season for the Brit.

Bradley Smith: “I’m excited to be racing at Sepang this weekend and I am certain that we can finish with a notable result. We had a really strong winter test there at the beginning of the season which bodes well for this weekend. At that time, we tried a lot of different settings and I am very confident that we’ll have a strong base setup to start with on Friday which will kick things off in a positive manner. Of course, we know it’s a physical circuit and the temperature will be very high along with the humidity. This, of course, makes it even more demanding and additionally, the track is usually quite greasy at this time of the year and much more than when we test here in the winter. Our target will be to concentrate a lot on the afternoon sessions in order to get the best setting for those types of conditions, which is how it will be at race time on Sunday. Therefore, it will be important to run some good lap times and be as consistent as possible. After the difficult GP at Phillip Island, I am looking forward to the Grand Prix at Sepang where I am sure that I will be competitive and inside the top six on Sunday afternoon.”

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MotoGP, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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