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Smith: “2016 will be a new challenge and experience”

Smith: “2016 will be a new challenge and experience”

Bradley Smith finishes the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship as one of just two riders to score points in every round.

It was not an easy Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana for Bradley Smith, the Brit having bolting from the line but facing constant challenges. Smith’s main ambition in the Valencia GP was to finish ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and ensure sixth place in the championship standings. As the race got underway Dovizioso was able to break away as several riders got past Smith, but the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider remained calm and collected. Lap by lap Smith’s race pace pull through the field and on lap 26 he passed his Italian rival on the factory Ducati.

Smith ended the race in sixth, just behind teammate Pol Espargaro. Although disappointed to not finish as the top satellite rider in the final round of the year, Smith ends the season as both the top satellite and the top British rider in the standings. With 181 points, Smith is one of just two riders in the MotoGP™ World Championship to score points in all 18 races. Truly the 2015 season has been one of the best years in Smith’s racing career; not only did he have an incredible year aboard the Yamaha M1, but he also won the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours for Yamaha aboard their Yamaha R1M Superbike. There’s little time to rest for the hard working Brit as testing for 2016 begins on Tuesday.

Bradley Smith: “It has been a fantastic season and almost perfect after completing all of the 18 rounds, even though I’m a bit disappointed to miss out on our target of finishing as the leading satellite rider today. However, I can’t be hard on myself as I ended up in the top six and I collected a total of 181 points over the year. I am very proud of this, but I am especially pleased with my performance in the second half of the season. In all honesty, after the summer break I think I made another step forward with my qualifying as well as some of my race performances. Anyway, this track wasn’t easy for me and we struggled a bit all weekend, but to be there fighting in the second group was satisfying. We have to look back on all of the ups and downs of the year and then improve on the negatives because we have to do a better job next season. In this sport, you can’t just stay at the same level, so we need to see how we can make another step forward.

“2016 will be a new challenge and experience, but I’m already very excited to begin on Tuesday at the test. I’m also looking forward to a bit of a rest as it’s been a demanding year with all of the work that we’ve been doing for MotoGP, plus the Suzuka 8 Hours as well. I want to give a big thanks to all of the team who did a fantastic job. Although I didn’t make any mistakes, they didn’t either with their jobs and to make a Yamaha YZR-M1 work for 18 races without any issues, highlights the great job they have done. I am proud of everyone at Tech3 and thank you to all. In addition, I also want to say thanks to Bridgestone for all of their support and it has been fantastic for me to work with them for the past three years. They have done a tremendous job and for every season that I have been in MotoGP, they have upped their performance continuously, especially this year. It would have been easy to just roll out and enjoy the season, but they came with even better material and they’ve set the level very high in MotoGP."

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