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Smith: “I will be wearing a special helmet at Motegi”

Smith: “I will be wearing a special helmet at Motegi”

Japan has already seen Bradley Smith achieve huge success in 2015, now he aims for success in MotoGP™.

Earlier in the year both Monster Yamaha Tech 3 riders participated in the legendary Suzuka 8-Hours endurance race for the factory Yamaha team. Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro, alongside Katsuyuki Nakasuga who will wildcard in Motegi, took victory and returned Yamaha to the top step of the iconic race for the first time since 1996. As round 15 of the MotoGP™ World Championship heads to Japan, Smith is hoping to repeat his Suzuka success and achieve another strong result on Japanese soil. Smith will also wear a special edition helmet to celebrate Yamaha's home race and their 60th anniversary.

Just four points separate Bradley Smith from Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) as the Brit battles to retain fifth in the standings, beating a factory rider would be an incredible result for both Smith and the Tech 3 squad. The Motul Grand Prix of Japan will be a tough fight for Smith as Dovizioso classically goes well there, claiming pole in 2014. Smith’s results at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit are also solid, since debuting in the MotoGP™ class he has never finished outside the top ten and claimed third back in 2010 while racing in the 125cc class.

Bradley Smith: “I am really looking forward to throwing my leg over the YZR-M1 at the Japanese GP, which is certainly a special one for me this year. Last time I raced in Japan, I was part of the Suzuka 8 Hours conquering team with Pol and Katsuyuki so I have some great memories which will give me extra motivation for this weekend. Moreover, it's Yamaha's home GP in their 60th anniversary year and it also sponsored by Motul, one of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team’s partners, so I'll do my very best to perform as strongly as possible in order to give everybody a result to be happy about!”

“In addition, I will be wearing a special helmet at Motegi which I hope the Japanese fans will appreciate. The circuit itself is certainly one of the more challenging tracks that we go to. The stop and go nature means there is a lot of aggressive braking and we must pay special attention to the tyres as well at this race. Yet, I have always enjoyed the track and so I aim get a strong setup quickly and then get the show on the road. I need to finish inside the top six in order to keep my championship ambitions alive, but I am ready to fight right until the chequered flag.”

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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