Bradley Smith says the bumpy condition of Silverstone isn't bothering him but feels he must improve in the final sector if he is to hold on to a potential top three at his home event.

The leading satellite rider charged into third during free practice two and acted as the closest challenger to Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez, eventually finishing the session two-tenths off the Movistar Yamaha rider.

A number of Smith's rivals have been explaining the surface of the Silverstone circuit is much rougher than it has been in previous visits which has been causing them problems but the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider says the circuit has played to his strengths.

"A lot of it comes down to the track, it improved a bit this afternoon as it scrubbed in," Smith said. "I'm not too worried about bumps coming from my motocross background, it is not something I worry about, but it might be something some of the other guys are more scared about.

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"We made a couple of really small changes in terms of rear spring and balance but a lot of it came from the track and especially here because its high-speed nature. If you are five percent off it makes a big difference. So it is nothing really special but nice to be in third position."

Smith had been threatening to steal the show from Lorenzo and Marquez at the top with his final lap in free practice two when he was clocked fractionally faster than the dominant duo at the end of the third sector, but lost a vital two-tenths in final part of the lap.

"I am quite weak in section four as I haven't found the right line and balance yet for the left-hander Brooklands at the end of the back straight," he explained. "There is a bump and I keep going to the outside of it but I need to go to the inside of it tomorrow. It has been my weakest section all day so we will be analysing the data later to see what we can do."

Despite the potential of a front row result in tomorrow's qualifying for the British Grand Prix, Smith has played down his chances and expects his rivals to close the gap.

"I have to be realistic. Friday is always good for me at the moment, we are quite quickly up to pace and maybe it is because we are not scared to risk more than other guys on Friday. It will be tough to stay in this position tomorrow but it certainly means we start at a good point."