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Smith: “There’s a lot of open bikes in front of me”

Smith: “There’s a lot of open bikes in front of me”

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith is looking forward to #ItalianGP, despite qualifying down in eleventh.

Bradley Smith will begin the 30th MotoGP™ race at the Mugello circuit from 11th on the grid. The 24 year old rider started the day by closing the FP3 session with a lap time of 1’47.495 that left him in 8th position and able to progress straight through to QP2. Here, the British star pushed hard throughout the session before producing a flying lap of 1’47.090 as the chequered flag fell.

Bradley Smith: "I am certain that I can score a good result in the race tomorrow, despite making things a bit difficult for myself by qualifying in 11th. With the times being so close, it was tough and I didn’t have a perfect lap around the circuit in QP2. We changed the bike quite a lot in FP4 in order to gain a good setup for the race. Yet, when you make big changes, it’s a bit of a gamble, especially for qualifying so it was difficult to extract the best that I could in such a small amount of time, which is why I am back in 11th. However, I still feel confident for the race as the set-up we have now is very consistent. Usually my starts are good so tomorrow, I need to have a strong launch and then fight onwards. There’s a lot of open bikes in front of me but at the end of the day, the race is long so I simply need to try and overtake as many riders as I can throughout the race, be smart at the beginning and we will see where we can go from there."

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Q2, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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