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Bradley Smith was back to his best in Mugello as he took top Independent Team honours to conclude a fruitful weekend.
Round six of the 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship saw Bradley Smith finally begin to turn his season around after five difficult races. He made a classic Bradley Smith start and shot up to third as the field shuffled into Turn 1. Despite getting pushed around, he remained focused and settled into his own race pace, getting up to eighth by the halfway point of the race and battled with several factory riders. His consistent pace paid off as Smith took seventh at the end of the race, his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bike only 13.340s behind the factory Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Seventh also saw Smith return to parc ferme as the top Independent Team rider, a great reward for his team after working so hard to resolve his issues from the start of the year.
Bradley Smith: “I am very happy to finally be the top independent rider plus back to where I need to be. I worked on my starts all weekend and we did way more practice than usual but it looks like it paid off! I pulled down the left-hand side and as a result, I was third as we entered the first corner. Yet, to be really honest, I didn't have such a great pace at the beginning but I aimed to stay as close as possible to the guys in front plus not make any mistakes because I knew that my pace would be better later on. Therefore, I tried to look after the tyres as best as I could and remain consistent. All weekend we felt good and we modified the bike a little bit from Le Mans even though I was already pleased with the feeling. Thirteen seconds behind the leader at the end of the event is a strong result for us and shows that we have worked in the right direction. Petrucci tried to fight me in the last laps but I had a little bit left in the reserve tank so I just went for it in the final part. It has taken us until the sixth round to get to where we were last year, which is quite a long time but we have plenty more races to go to make up the points we lost at the start of the season. Altogether I wasn’t as fast at adapting to the Michelin tyres when compared to some of the other riders, but we can see that we are getting there and I'm confident, plus looking forward to the next round."
4 years ago
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