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Italy MotoGP: Smith relishing Mugello return

Bradley Smith is hoping a return to a happy hunting ground at Mugello will see him bounce back from a difficult race day in France.
Bradley Smith is confident he can bounce back from an indifferent weekend at Le Mans with a stronger showing in the Grand Prix of Italy at Mugello.

The British rider was overshadowed by his rookie team-mate Pol Espargaro throughout the French GP weekend, prompting the youngster to slip behind his Tech 3 Yamaha counterpart in the overall standings after finishing tenth.

Nonetheless, Smith is looking forward to getting back to action at Mugello, a circuit he has enjoyed success at in the past as a race winner in 125GP and a podium winner in Moto2.

“After a tricky race at Le Mans I am ready and excited for Mugello which is one of my favourite tracks. I really like the nature of the circuit plus Yamaha is the most successful MotoGP manufacturer at this track so we must feel confident. I won from pole position in 2009 in the 125 class and also qualified on the front row before clinching 3rd in 2011 on the Tech3 Moto2 bike, so I know I can ride well here.

“We'll have to take it step by step as it could rain, but I aim to get a solid setup sorted on Friday so that I can get a top 6 qualifying position in preparation for the 23-lap race on Sunday. The crowd is always amazing, also the track is fantastic so I am ready to fight for success.”

Tagged as: Yamaha , Tech 3 , Smith

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May 28, 2014 11:28 AM

Smith is regularly the highest finishing brit, always happy to talk & joke around in interviews & off-track features and plays his part in within a team, rather than other riders who see themselves as the only member of a team (until the going gets tough when they blame the team). He may not be a race winner in the premier class yet, but I'd rather see him on the bike than another self-obsessed spaniard.

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