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Smith: "I’m fired up!"

Smith: 'I’m fired up!'

Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Bradley Smith delivered a sensational FP2 performance to top the standings at the first day of the #FrenchGP.

The Brit blazed to a superb time of 1’33.179 aboard his Yamaha YZR-M1 on his 18th lap out of 19. This time put him at the head of the field and 0.190 sec ahead of Jorge Lorenzo.

Smith: "Today was a great start to the weekend and I’m delighted to finish in first on the opening day in Le Mans at the Tech3 team’s home Grand Prix. The team and I did a top job in the Jerez test where we made considerable steps forward with the front forks and the electronic settings. Moreover, we made consistent progress from the word go today and I must say that I feel much more comfortable here when compared to last year which was a tough weekend for me.

"I unfortunately fell in the final moments of the session but I don’t consider it to be my fault. Aleix went down in front of me so I got distracted and ran wide and then went onto the dirt and rode over a rock which caused the crash. This is annoying, but nevertheless it’s certainly super to finish the opening day at the top of the field and I’m fired up for the rest of the weekend."

MotoGP, 2015, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, FP2, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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