Bradley Smith admitted he endured a tough race in the Australian MotoGP round at Phillip Island, with 10th place the best the British rider could muster on the satellite Yamaha.

Smith, who claimed his maiden premier class rostrum in the corresponding race in 2014, struggled to find a strong setting for his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha M1 and was lacking in confidence.

"To be honest, today was a tough race for me and it's positive to walk away with a top ten finish. This weekend we struggled to find the right setting in order to give me the confidence that I needed to be fast around this technical track," he said.

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"In the end, we did the best that we could with a solid set-up for the race and ultimately, I was pleased with the consistency of my lap times. They were better than the times I had been setting across all three days so the team did a good job with giving me the best bike that they could.

"Having said that, unfortunately this was only good enough for 10th, but nevertheless I was fighting with my team-mate and I finished in front of my championship rival Andrea Dovizioso, plus I gained three points on him," added Smith, who occupies sixth place in the championship standings.

"We must learn from this tricky weekend because every day we couldn't quite find the right direction, especially with regards to the extra hard tyre that Bridgestone brought here."

Smith is optimistic of returning to challenge for the top six next weekend at Sepang in Malaysia, where he gained a good base setting for the circuit during two winter tests.

"Next up is Sepang and we won't have that tyre there so I will arrive in Malaysia a lot more confident about getting back inside the top six which is where I feel I need to be," he said.

"We had two great tests there in the winter, so I'm happy that we'll have a solid base setting to start with. It will be another gruelling race under the heat so now it's time to recover as much as possible in the next few days so that we can be ready for a good performance in Sepang."