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MotoGP Americas: Top satellite objective for Smith

'We took a gamble with a setting that we had never used before and which didn't work really well for us, but we have to learn from this and get down to business' - Bradley Smith.
Bradley Smith finished as the top satellite rider at the circuit of the Americas in Austin last year and the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider would settle for a similar performance again this weekend.

Smith sealed eighth in Argentina after taking a gamble with the setting of his M1, which ultimately backfired.

The Briton, though, is glad to have a swift opportunity to get back down to business in Texas, where he feels the performance of the new Michelin tyres will again prove pivotal.

“Next for us is the Circuit of The Americas after the tough GP that we had a few days ago. In some respects, it's good to have back to back races because there's no time to relax in between the events and it's important to stay focused and ready for the next outing,” said Smith, who finished as the leading independent rider in 2015 in sixth place.

“Once again, the tyres will be vital in Texas as the track is very physical and demanding, so we will have to get to work as soon as we arrive at the circuit.

“In Argentina, we took a gamble with a setting that we had never used before and which didn't work really well for us, but we have to learn from this and get down to business on Friday morning,” he added.

“The ambition as always, is to be the top independent rider on Sunday, which I achieved last year, therefore I'm confident and looking forward to hitting the asphalt on my Yamaha YZR-M1.”

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April 07, 2016 9:53 AM

Unfortunately, Yamaha deliberately limited the performance of the Tech 3 bikes by pulling the full seamless, and only allowing a part seamless, and other back-level revisions. At the same time, Ducati has improved the bike, and put more effort last year into understanding the control software. The Suzuki has developed more power in a sweet handling package, with a full seamless still to come. Only Aliex is struggling to go fast on a factory bike. Crazy Joe is struggling to keep it upright, but that's a different issue. Despite the great leveller of the control software and return to Michelin, the factory bikes seem harder to beat than last year. Bradders now knows how to play this game, and he is nothing if not resilient. He just needs to keep at it and find a few tricks to adjust to the new reality.

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