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Smith: “I was a bit nervous on the grid”

Smith: “I was a bit nervous on the grid”

Big improvements on the bike allow Bradley Smith a competitive showing in the Octo British Grand Prix.

A solid effort for Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith at his home race saw hom overcome wet weather nerves. Smith made a strong start in the wet to stay close to the factory riders and ended the first lap in sixth. He remained focused on his race rhythm, avoiding unnecessary risks in the tricky conditions, simply staying upright in the wet can be challenge for many. Seventh would be Smith’s reward at the end of the race, Scott Redding (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing) was able to just steal the honour of top Brit from Smith at the end.

After the race Smith praised his Tech 3 team for their work on improving his M1 in the wet conditions, allowing Smith to be far more competitive in the wet. With Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) finishing on the podium, Smith slides down to sixth in the MotoGP™ World Championship standings now five points behind the Italian.

Bradley Smith: “I have to be quite pleased with the end result as the conditions were far from ideal out there today but I did my best. I was a bit nervous on the grid about riding in the damp conditions as last year we struggled when it was wet, but we've improved the bike by more than 100% in terms of performance. Here, I was on average about 1.2 seconds a lap slower than the fastest guy, whereas in Aragon last year we were further behind in terms of times, so the team have done a fantastic job in giving me a bike that I can ride more confidently in the wet. I gave my absolute all to stay with the second group in order to try to fight for a podium, but at the end of the day they just had a bit more speed than me.”

“So, I aimed to not make any mistakes and be as consistent as possible. I tried to hold off Redding in the final laps, as I really wanted to get the top six, but unfortunately he was too strong for me today. So overall, it's a damage limitation in a way as we did the best that we could, yet I am now behind Dovizioso by 5 points in the championship standings. Therefore, it was not an ideal day, but not terrible at all either. I want to say thanks to all my fans who came out to cheer for me today and next up for us is Misano in two week's time.”

MotoGP, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, RAC, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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