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Smith: “Tyres will be vital in Texas”

Smith: “Tyres will be vital in Texas”

Consistency keeps Bradley Smith inside the top ten, but the Brit wants more after a gamble in Argentina failed to pay off.

The last 26 MotoGP™ World Championship races have seen Bradley Smith finish inside the points, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider amongst the most consistent riders in the premier class. But he now wants more than consistency, after a last minute setup gamble failed to pay off in Argentina, Smith is more determined than ever to return to the head of the Independent Team rider order. History will give Smith confidence in this task, having finished sixth at the 2015 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. Smith’s best result at the track is a fifth, achieved in the 2014 race.

Tyres will once again be the main focus for Smith and his team, the Circuit of the Americas notoriously hard on the front tyre for Yamaha riders. Not only is the track demanding on tyres, it also requires a lot of the riders, especially through the Turn 2 to Turn 5 section, a unique right-left-right-left combination.

Bradley Smith: “Next for us is the Circuit of The Americas after the tough GP that we had a few days ago. In some respects, it’s good to have back-to-back races because there’s no time to relax in between the events and it’s important to stay focused and ready for the next outing. Once again, the tyres will be vital in Texas as the track is very physical and demanding, so we will have to get to work as soon as we arrive at the circuit. In Argentina, we took a gamble with a setting that we had never used before and which didn’t work really well for us, but we have to learn from this and get down to business on Friday morning. The ambition as always, is to be the top independent rider on Sunday, which I achieved last year, therefore I’m confident and looking forward to hitting the asphalt on my Yamaha YZR-M1.”

MotoGP, 2016, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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