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Smith: “It’s finally time to switch on to race mode”

Smith: “It’s finally time to switch on to race mode”

Fresh from three pre-season tests and a strong 2015 campaign, Bradley Smith brims with confidence ahead of 2016.

With 114 laps of the Losail International Circuit already completed during testing, Bradley Smith has a solid base to work off. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider had a great 2015 season, scoring points in every race and ending on the podium in Misano. The Brit has no intention of changing in 2016, but remains well aware it will difficult. With a number of rule changes coming in more bikes than ever will be competiting towards the top of the MotoGP™ World Championship, ensuring Smith won’t have an easy time at any race. In turn the new rules should allow Smith to be closer to the front and hopefully challenge for the podium on a more regular basis. Hard work in testing will pay dividends, the riders and teams with the best understanding of the new Michelin tyres and Magneti Marelli electronics will have a clear advantage early in the season.

2016 will be perhaps the most important season of Smith’s life as almost all the factory seats are open for 2017, a strong year could promote Smith to the most elite of the elite. Unfortunately for Smith the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar has twice ended in a DNF for the Brit while in MotoGP™, 2015 his first finish when he was eighth.

Bradley Smith: “The winter months have passed, so now it’s finally time to switch on to race mode and get ready for the first GP of 2016, which I am very excited about. We’ve had a really constructive off-season, which kicked off in Malaysia and despite the tricky weather there, as well as later again at Phillip Island, I feel we completed a lot of valuable work. This is just what we needed before the start of what will be a very competitive year. I intend to continue from where I left off last season, but I am under no illusions that it will be any less competitive than last year. Still, we have taken every necessary step to be prepared and I’m feeling optimistic about my chances. This GP is always unusual due to it being at night and also over four days, but I am confident of starting strongly in FP1 and then go from there. It will great to be back racing again and I can’t wait to get going.”

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