Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro are determined to reward the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team's home French fans during this weekend's Le Mans MotoGP round.

Smith arrives at round five in contention for top satellite honours in the championship standings, while Espargaro got his season back on track with the team's best result of the year - fifth place - last time at Jerez.

"The Jerez weekend was a bit of a challenging one, however I still managed to battle through to eighth and we then found the solution to our issue in the test on Monday. Therefore, I am confident of clinching a top result on Sunday," said Smith, who finished tenth at Le Mans last year.

"Last year was quite a tough one for me at Le Mans, but I am determined to continue my strong form so far this season and as the crowd is always so ecstatic and passionate about our sport, I will do my best to give them something to cheer about!"

While Smith struggled in 2014, then rookie Espargaro enjoyed his best event of the season at Le Mans. The young Spaniard claimed his first and so far only front row start with a second place in qualifying, then finished just a fraction from the podium in the race.

"I can't wait to jump on the Yamaha and get out on the track this weekend at Le Mans!" he said. "I had a good result last time in Jerez where I finished in fifth which was what the team and I needed after the tricky opening rounds that we experienced.

"Now I fully intend to follow this result up with another strong finish at the Tech3 team's home race. Last year, I scored my first ever MotoGP front row and finished in fourth but only 0.6 away from the podium, so I'm definitely keen to hit the ground running this weekend."

Espargaro, who is still seeking a MotoGP rostrum, added: "Now, it's one year on and I know I can be pushing for this position, if not higher, after collecting more experience in the past twelve months.

"I am feeling confident for this race and although the weather can sometimes be tricky at this track, I will push hard for the team and the fans, who are always brilliant at Le Mans!"


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