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Smith: “This year is different”

Smith: “This year is different”

Few would have expected Bradley Smith to struggle as much as he has in 2016, the Brit ready to turn his reason around.

Austin was a disaster for Bradley Smith, the Brit struggling throughout the weekend as it seemed nothing he nor the team had tested was working to improve his M1. Improvements were made on Saturday but on Sunday he crashed in the race, remounting but failing to finish inside the points and thus end his run of point scoring finishes. Smith heads to the Gran Premio Red Bull de España with the goal of starting a new run of point scoring finishes and continue to make progress with his bike. Adjusting to the new Michelin tyres has been the biggest hurdle for Smith, but his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team are already on their way to solving the problem.

Jerez has treated the Brit well in the past, taking his first ever Grand Prix victory there in the 2009 125cc race. In the MotoGP™ class Smith has had a best result of eighth, achieved in both 2014 and 2015 and he has always finished inside the top ten. Another top eight finish is where Smith himself feels he needs to be as he attempts to close the gap to his teammate in the championship table.

Bradley Smith: “The start of the season has not gone as well as I have hoped for, but I am ready to rectify this at Jerez and get back to where I should be. It goes without saying that this year is different for a number of reasons, and I fell we’ve had a few teething problems with the tyres. Yet, I feel we are making good progress now and we could have ended well in Austin, had I not crashed. Nevertheless, that was then and this is now and my focus is on Jerez, a track I always look forward to. I won my first GP there in the 125 cc class and have finished all the races over the years. However, I need to get into the top eight and close the gap to my teammate in the standings. The Tech3 team is working really well and did a fantastic job in Austin, so I have the upmost confidence in them and I will give it everything I’ve got. I am keen for another close fight in the race, and going all out for that top independent position.”

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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