Bradley Smith completed his debut season in the MotoGP World Championship with a seventh place finish in Valencia to round out his rookie campaign on a positive note.

Smith held sixth position in the opening laps as he held off team-mate Cal Crutchlow and eventually finished one place lower to earn a top ten finish in the championship.

It was the 22-year-old's 13th top ten result of the season but Smith was more pleased with his pace for the duration of the final race in Spain, crossing the line 30 seconds behind the leaders.

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"Another seventh place, 116 points in the world championship standing and third place in the team standings should actually make me happy at the end of my rookie season," said Smith, who finished 10 points behind Ducati's Nicky Hayden in ninth place in the points standings.

"The gap to the fastest guys is less than 30 seconds again, and that is a positive end to the weekend, and a really positive way to end the year.

"I think we definitely showed good progress throughout the season and I want to thank my team for the amazing job they have done in teaching and helping me over the last 12 months in this really tough category," added Smith.

"It has been a lot of fun as well and I'm really grateful to have such an experienced squad behind me.

"The next seasons starts on Tuesday already, and I'm really excited about it."