After sealing his best ever MotoGP result with a shock 21st to 2nd place ride at Misano, top satellite rider Bradly Smith can't wait to get back on track at Aragon this weekend.

Smith's decision to stay on slicks in the Misano rain was rewarded not only with a podium, but a return to fifth place in the world championship, by seven points over Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso.

"Firstly, it goes without saying that I can't wait to get back on the Yamaha after the great result that we had last weekend! It was a complicated race there but I clenched my teeth, took the gamble and it paid off," Smith said.

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"To score second really is a highlight of this season and it is a testament to the hard work that the team and I have put in. Therefore, at this weekend we will try again and of course the podium finish really motivates me for further success.

"Fortunately, it looks as though the Aragon race should be dry, but never say never. Last year I finished the [dry-wet] race in fifth which was positive, yet this season, I feel I am in a much better place and my confidence has increased.

"However, the Championship is a lot more competitive, so I'll be pushing to repeat last season's result this time. We will see what happens in the race on Sunday, but I am ready to fight and score another solid result, plus with [the Factory Yamaha Team] having tested there this summer, my confidence is even higher."

Smith's team manager Herv? Poncharal added: "It's that time of the year where we head to Spain for the final grand prix before the triple flyaway races and it's vital for the riders to get a good result in Aragon in order to get some momentum. In addition, we'll be hoping for a dry race, unlike last year, so that it's a bit easier on my heart!

"Brad had a superb run to second in Misano after staying out on track on slick tyres when the rain started to fall. We thought this was a bit risky, but evidently his calculations were perfect and he stormed from 21st to 2nd! He really deserved this result and for sure, it will motivate him even more for the rest of the year."


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Seems to riding on a real high this season and fair play - he has been brilliant so far.

Also confirms it was Bradley's decision, not the teams to stay out in Misano, he deserves a lot of credit for that - and for staying on!