British rider Bradley Smith is approaching this weekend's Australian Grand Prix with an “open mind” as the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider continues his recovery from injury.
Smith made his MotoGP return at Motegi in Japan after sustaining a knee injury during practice for the Endurance World Championship round at Oschersleben in Germany.
The 25-year-old, who finished 13th at Motegi, returns to the scene of his sensational podium in 2014 at the legendary Phillip Island circuit.
“Phillip Island is a unique circuit and completely different in nature to Motegi, but I am excited for the challenge and I will do my best, as usual,” he said.
“The high-speed demand of the track will be tricky because, even though there are not as many corners as some other rounds, it is still quite physical. In addition, the cooler conditions that we get at this time of the year make racing a bit more complicated for MotoGP riders.
“However, I will go there with an open mind, and I hope that we can work in the same way that we did in Japan in order to build up our pace over the weekend,” added Smith.
“Moreover, in the next few days I will be off the bike and I am positive that my knee will improve a bit so that I can be better and stronger for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team.”