Bradley Smith was content with his row three qualifying position ahead of the season-concluding Valencia MotoGP as the British rider sets his sights on wrestling sixth place away from team-mate Pol Espargaro.

Smith missed out on the second row to Espargaro in final qualifying by 0.017s, but the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 star is satisfied with his seventh position on the grid for Sunday's race at the Spanish venue.

"I am pleased with the qualifying result today as it is a solid place to start the final Grand Prix from. The conditions on track were quite tough and with a lot less grip compared to last year," said Smith.

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"Plus the wind really picked up this afternoon and was quite aggressive, particularly into the first corner.

"I finished with a time that was close to Pol's and I believe that is why our team works so successfully together as we have been battling since 2005 so we know each other very well. I finished 0.4 of a second from the pole and I qualified ahead of Aleix [Espargaro] who, along with Pol, is the contender to my target of landing sixth in the championship standings," he added.

"So overall, the result today leaves me in quite a promising position for tomorrow and I look forward to the battle in the 30 lap sprint at Valencia."

Smith is seven points behind Espargaro in the championship standings and only two points in front of Aleix Espargaro on the Forward Yamaha as the trio bid to end the campaign as the leading satellite rider.