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Smith: “The key point will be the tyres”

Smith: “The key point will be the tyres”

After a solid start in Qatar, Bradley Smith aims to go one better in Argentina and again finish in at least the top eight.

A close and hard battle between Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammates Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro in Qatar saw the Spaniard come out on top by under a tenth of a second. While he was happy to end with decent points, Smith is determined to do better and return to consistently finishing as the top independent team rider. Having secured a factory ride with the KTM team for 2017, Smith can now approach the remainder of the season with added fire, as he knows his future is secure.

Smith heads to the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina with an impressive run of 25 consecutive point scoring finishes. Finishing in the points in Argentina would see him draw level with the likes of Eddie Lawson, famous for his consistency, in terms of consecutive finishes in the points. The Termas de Rio Hondo has historically treated the Brit well, achieving a seventh and sixth place finish in 2014 and 2015. The surface is also quite different from that of the Losail International Circuit, which could cause issues for some teams and riders as they look to alter the settings of their bikes.

Bradley Smith: “Next up for us is the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit which will certainly be a memorable yet demanding event just like last year. The season has commenced in a good way for me as I finished in eighth at Qatar. Of course, I want to be higher than that but I was really close to my teammate so my intentions for this GP will be to go one step further and seal that top independent team position. It was quite a challenging weekend for us in Argentina last year, but I managed to end the race in sixth, and the circuit itself is good fun to ride and a bit different. Anyway, the key point will be the tyres because compared to Losail, the surface is very different. However, I aim to hit the ground running on Friday and get the work in to make sure we have a more successful qualifying this time and then go all out for another top eight on Sunday. After the first Grand Prix we can see how competitive it is, but we will keep on pushing and fighting all the way to the chequered flag in every race.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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