Smith Fired Up for Assen Challenge

Bradley Smith is confident of maintaining his impressive start to 2015 in this weekend’s Dutch TT at Assen. The Briton leads the satellite battle, 21 points clear of compatriot Cal Crutchlow, and with the famous Dutch circuit holding good memories for him in the past, Smith heads to ‘The Cathedral’ full of optimism.

“The Motul TT Assen is a race that we all look forward to due to the track itself and also because of the festival atmosphere of the crowd who are always so excited about the MotoGP paddock coming to their country! The first half of the circuit is quite slow, but the second is much faster so it really is a mix of two halves and a good challenge for the riders. Plus, it has a very short straight, which means that we don’t get much of a break during this race. I’ve ridden to two podiums in the lower classes here, so I will be going all out for another top result in order to continue my form this season.”

24 hours after finishing fifth in Barcelona, Smith topped the timesheets in the post-race test and the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider hopes the progress made will help ease his path to Q2 on Friday.

“At the post race Catalunya test we found some useful settings that should certainly aid us, so we will put these to use and get on the pace as soon as practice begins on Thursday. It will be vital to have a strong free practice run so that we can get into Q2 and then do our best in the race, which I am pumped for!”