Smith was involved in a terrible smash at the beginning of the opening round of the 2022 Endurance World Championship last weekend.

He was treated on the track before being hospitalised but has now broken his silence.

“Just like to say a big thanks to everyone that helped, looked after and supported me during the last 36 hours,” Smith said. 

“It was one hell of a impact, and I'm lucky to be in one piece. 

“Now I'm heading back home to begin my rehab. Although I didn't get very far into the race, the Endurance World Championship was amazing event.

“So good to see so many familiar faces and feel the team spirit of the whole paddock. Couldn't of asked for better team mates, mechanics and staff as well. 

“What a wild weekend, one for my old man story book.”

The Endurance World Championship had previously described the incident which hospitalised Smith: “Christophe Seigneur was unable to avoid colliding with a slow-moving Bradley Smith, while pole-sitter Karel Hanika was delayed when he couldn’t get his YART – Yamaha Official Team EWC entry to fire up.

“Seigneur was able to walk back to the pits, but ex-MotoGP rider Smith was taken to hospital for medical checks as a result of the substantial rear impact, having received immediate medical attention at the side of the track when the field circulated under safety car conditions. 

“Smith suffered no serious injuries but will remain in hospital for a period of observation.”

Smith last competed in MotoGP in 2020 at Aprilia and is due to compete in MotoE this year.

He had joined the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a guest appearance as part of the four-rider MOTO AIN Yamaha squad.