Saturday's Assen MotoGP race provided Bradley Smith with little reward for a strong performance by the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider.

Smith, who started from the second row of the grid, struggled to deal with wheelspin on the straights in the early laps in wet conditions and then made the change to slicks a lap later than the rest of the field costing him time.

The Englishman's pace in the dry was very competitive and an eighth place finish was scant reward.

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"It was an interesting race," commented Smith. "First off I think that the team's mechanics and engineers did a good job because there are a lot of things that can go wrong in those kinds of conditions. We struggled a lot in the rain, all the Yamahas, and I don't know why. We just didn't have the pace of the Hondas and Ducatis.

"I pitted a lap too late but when we had slicks on I had a good pace and from lap nine until the end of the race we held our pace to Marc so I can't be too disappointed with that performance. I was the first guy home that pitted on lap seven and not lap six but Broc Parkes [on slicks] definitely had the best strategy today! It's easier to make that calculated risk when you're starting at the back though.

"I didn't have grip and had to ride half throttle down the straights because it was just spinning up. Our edge grip and braking were good but I just didn't have traction down the straights."

When asked about the change to slick tyres Smith admitted that he stopped too late and misjudged the potential of the track conditions:

"I had seen Cal and Iannone go in from our group so I gambled and decided to go in on the next lap thinking that the team would be ready. I was straight away into the '38s, which was faster than I expected, because the track dried out like that [clicks fingers] and there was really good grip. You have to call it on what you know and I was racing with Jorge so I followed his strategy and we left the pits together but I didn't see him after that."

It was Smith's second experience of a true flag to flag to race with a change of bikes required, the other being Philip Island last year, and the experience of Australia clearly helped him perform well with the change today:

"My stop was quite good. At Philip Island last year we lost 3s in that transition and 3s on the outlap and today I made the swap and gained 0.5s on the outlap so I'm happy with that but I need to make a better call in the future on when to come in and swap tyres."