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Smith: "We promised them a first place"

Smith: 'We promised them a first place'

Despite the hot and gruelling conditions, Smith and his Yamaha Factory Racing teammates produced excellence on race day at Suzuka.

Smith was the second rider to mount the YZF-R1, taking over from teammate Katsuyuki Nakasuga who started the race. Multiple safety cards disrupted Bradley Smith’s time on track during the legendary Suzuka 8 Hour race, breaking his rhythm just as it began but Smith was undaunted. Even a 30 second stop and go penalty during his second stint on the bike did not phase the calm Brit who was quickly able to recover the time lost.

During the course of a standard MotoGP™ World Championship season riders will race at night once, in Qatar. Here floodlights illuminate the track, at Suzuka for the final night stint there are no floodlights and Smith, awarded the honour of finishing the race, had this new challenge to face. He handled it perfectly and was able to maintain Yamaha’s lead over the F.C.C TSR Honda team who had tried to gain an advantage through a different pit stop and rider strategy. This is Yamaha’s first Suzuka 8 Hour victory since 1996.

Bradley Smtih: "Since Tuesday night I went back to my hotel room and felt loaded up with pressure. We stood in front of all the Yamaha staff and mister Kimura and everyone who works inside the factory. We stood on the stage in Iwata and promised that we would come back and give our best and we promised them a first place and we definitely to potentially fail, but we had a great bike and teammates. We had only one small mistake during the race, which in the end was no problem at all. With the speed and the pace that my teammates were able to do, we were able to overcome it. It‘s very special, the 60th anniversary for Yamaha, they are leading the MotoGP championship, but second to that was a focus to on the Suzuka8H and I‘m glad that we were able to show the true potential of this bike and give them that victory after 19 years that they very well deserve.”

MotoGP, 2015, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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