Bradley Smith felt he may have been 'too cautious' in the early stages of the Indianapolis MotoGP, with the British rider rallying late to finish sixth.

Smith, who hurt his finger during a spill on Saturday, had started the race from ninth place on the grid.

However, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider began to pick up places as he charged up the order, overtaking Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso with two laps remaining to finish behind team-mate Pol Espargaro.

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"Overall, I am really pleased to get a strong result and finish in the top six, although I was maybe a bit too cautious at the beginning with the hot conditions here causing the front wheel to tuck an awful lot," he said.

"However, I remained calm and remembered how long the 27 laps are, so I aimed to preserve my rear tyre as much as possible and then came back strongly during the second half of the race.

"In fact, around the mid section of the sprint, I put my head down and lapped mid 1'33's as I was chasing after Pol and Andrea Dovizioso, who I overtook with just two laps to go," added Smith.

"Obviously, it was a big confidence boost to see the finish flag finally in such a good position which is where I want and need to be.

"Now I'm looking forward to the next race in Brno where I will try to continue to climb up the rankings."