Bradley Smith said his 'crazy decision' to complete the whole San Marino MotoGP on slick tyres was a gamble he never expected to pay off.

British rider Smith, who finished second behind Marc Marquez to earn his second premier class rostrum after finishing third at Phillip Island in 2014, dropped as low as 21st position when he remained on the track at Misano on slick tyres despite the falling rain.

Remarkably, Smith found himself in podium contention when the track began to dry out later in the race, forcing the remainder of the field to make a second pit stop to revert back to their dry set-up machines.

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It was an unlikely result for the British rider and Smith admitted afterwards that he never dreamt he would find himself on the podium at Misano.

"I stayed out all race and didn't pit once, which was definitely a crazy decision - I even admit that myself," he said.

"At the end of the day I missed the first lap entering the pits when Marc [Marquez], Vale [Valentino Rossi] and Jorge [Lorenzo] came in and the next lap it seemed to rain a little less, so I was two laps already behind so I thought 'I'm in it for the long haul now' and I decided to see if I can stay out on slicks.

"At the end of the day to be as low as P21 at one point in the race and to come and finish second is special.

"When I made the gamble I never expected to be on the podium, but these opportunities come around very rarely and satellite riders work extremely hard all the time as well as everyone else, but we never get the chance to be up on the podium. You have to take these opportunities when they come around and I did that today."

Smith, unsurprisingly, had a few moments out on track as he nursed his slick-shod Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 around in the wet, but his perseverance incredibly paid off in the end.

"At some points it definitely got a little bit scary; I did 218 [kph] at one point and tried to high-side myself Turn 10 - the right kink at the end of the straight," he said.

"Then the track started to dry and I knew that with these track conditions and the temperature we had all weekend the track would dry, but I didn't know how fast this circuit would dry.

"It was difficult to see exactly [where track was drying] and when you're on slicks you can feel where the grip is and where it isn't."

Looking ahead to the next round at Aragon in Spain in a fortnight, Smith added: "It's good that Yamaha has tested in Aragon and we came here already on the back foot a little bit after the other manufacturers had tested here, but hopefully we'll get some information from the factory guys and we'll see what happens in a couple of weeks' time."

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One word.. skill!