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MotoGP Valencia: Smith seeking ‘super’ sixth in championship

"My main objective is to clinch sixth in the championship standings and finish as the leading satellite rider" - Bradley Smith.
Bradley Smith, already confirmed as the top satellite rider, is looking to complete a breakthrough season by sealing sixth in the world championship at this weekend's Valencia finale.

Barring disaster the position should be his. The Monster Yamaha Tech 4 rider is currently 18 points clear of Factory Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, meaning the Italian would need to finish first or second for any chance of leapfrogging Smith.

“Next up is the season finale and I can't wait to get going at Valencia where I fully intend to close this incredible year with a good result,” Smith said. “My main objective is to clinch sixth in the championship standings and finish as the leading satellite rider. This will be super for me and the Tech3 Team and a testament to how hard we've all worked in 2015.

“I've had some strong performances at Valencia, which includes winning my last 125cc race, plus after achieving three decent results in the fly away GPs, I am fully confident of doing a good job this weekend.

“The layout of the track doesn't provide too many chances to overtake, so a solid qualifying performance will be crucial in order to be in a promising position for Sunday. Having said that, the weather there is always unpredictable and so we need to be ready for any circumstance.

“As far as I know the event is sold out and the grandstands will be packed, which will be great to see, therefore I am really looking forward to the last challenge of the year.”

Cal Crutchlow is the next best satellite rider in the championship standings, two places and 53 points behind Smith.

15 points behind Crutchlow, and four from Danilo Petrucci, is Smith's team-mate Pol Espargaro.

"I am looking forward to racing in front of my home fans at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, which is a track that I really enjoy riding on and one that always has an amazing atmosphere. However, I am under no illusions that this round will be easy, especially because I am nursing the neck injury from the Malaysia GP," said the Spaniard, who has endured a tough second season in the premier class.

“I am still in pain and to be honest, that race was one of the toughest that I have ever had to ride. It marked a tricky end to the flyaway events, which were all quite challenging and for sure, I would have liked to finish those three races further up the order. However, we never gave up and pushed non-stop so now we will focus on Valencia and I am confident of riding to a solid result.

“Last year, I completed the GP in sixth, which was a positive way to end the season and even though this may be a bit tricky to repeat due to the competition as well as my injury, it is what I will be hoping for. Having said that, the fans support will really help me and motivate me even more.

“There will be thousands there and I will do my best to give them a good result to remember the race by. I know that we can conclude the year positively and I will fight through the pain and do my absolute best at Valencia with my Yamaha M1."

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November 03, 2015 3:37 PM

Its been a really good year for Bradders. So glad he got the chance of and took full advantage of it after the possibility of losing the Tech 3 seat at the end of last year. I'll keep my fingers crossed that he can keep the good form going through to next year.


November 03, 2015 10:39 PM
Last Edited 143 days ago

The change to Michelin tyres throws everything on form into the air a bit, & who gels with them & who struggles to adapt. Also the factory guys get to test on the new tyres to evaluate them, & get data for setup. Add this to their big data setup & processing advantages, & only a hopeless optimist is going to feel that Satellite riders will be any better able to compete than they can now I'm guessing. But, I am hopeful that Bradders can continue his excellent form & continue to prove his ability & competitiveness with the kit he has. His work ethic and his analytical, methodical approach to setup, & his understanding of same I think may stand him in good stead adapting to the new tyres, which as a satellite rider without all those factory data engineers he'll need. I've been impressed with Smith since 125's & thought he did well on the Moto2 Mistral. He's worked hard to learn his trade & learn to ride & setup a MotoGP. I wish him success in Valencia & in 2016.

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