Bradley Smith feels his contract negotiations acted as a mental distraction which may have impacted his performances for Monster Yamaha Tech 3 before agreeing to his new one-year deal for 2016.
The English rider's team-mate Pol Espargaro's new deal had been announced at Indianapolis while Smith made his frustrations obvious as his own contract talks stalled.
But after announcing his 2016 deal during the build up to the British Grand Prix a beaming Smith is looking to put it behind him, starting with a strong performance at Silverstone this weekend.
“It is a good position to put myself heading in the British GP, especially after the past two GPs which have been quite mentally taxing with a lot of meeting, going back and forth,” Smith said. "To have my mind a lot clearer now going into the final seven races buts me in a good position.”
Smith is currently a career-best fifth in the world championship and top satellite and British rider thanks to his consistency and reliability to bring the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bike home.
In the period between Espgargaro's contract confirmation and Smith being made to sweat the Englishman was still able to finish ahead of his team-mate at both Indianapolis and Brno.
The British rider has finished every race this year in the points, with his poorest results a still respectable eighth place at the season-opener in Qatar and at the start of the European season in Jerez.
Despite his success Smith is demanding more from himself in the final seven races of the year as he looks to battle Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso to hold on to fifth in the riders' standings.
“I have put myself in a difficult position by setting myself a very high target but I have been able to achieve that which has been good,” he explained. “I think we're over-achieving at the moment in fifth in the championship.
“I expect Dani Pedrosa to come back in the final seven races because obviously he had his injury earlier in the season and with Dovizioso I need to up my game but there is a potential to fight against him in the final seven races.
“To reach the podium would be fantastic and another goal I want to achieve is to lead a MotoGP race for the first time in my career. I've been second on the track before but it would be amazing to lead.”
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