No rest for prepared Tech3 as Brno battle approaches
Posted on Aug 16, 2016 by Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team riders Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro head straight to the Czech Grand Prix primed for the round 11 sprint where they aim to compete for the leading satellite position once again. The pair, who finished inside the top ten after what was a tricky weekend at Spielberg, are eager to get back on track and fight as close as possible to the factory MotoGP bikes at Brno.
Bradley Smith aims to hit the ground running and repeat his expert performance from last year where he ended the race in 7th position and as the fastest independent rider. The British star, who just missed out on the top satellite honours in Austria despite riding at a notable pace in the round ten event, remains fully focused and confident about battling for a strong result on Sunday.
Bradley Smith: – Championship: 14th – Points: 42
"As racing is a huge part of my life, I am pleased that there won’t be any waiting around and I’m happy that we are heading straight to the Czech Republic for the Brno GP so that I can get back on my Yamaha and go for a positive finish. I was disappointed to just miss out on the top satellite position in Austria but I am convinced that I will have my chance this Sunday. This year will be the 11th time that I’ve raced in the World Championship at Brno and the circuit will never get boring for me, especially with the first corner which is definitely special to experience. Traditionally, the Yamaha’s have been strong at that track due to its high-speed corners and layout so I am confident that I can use Yamaha’s corner speed to my advantage. I will give my all to clinch a solid result, which will give me a boost ahead of the following GP which is my home Grand Prix at Silverstone."
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager:
“There’s not much rest for us because we head straight to the Czech Republic for the 11th round of the Championship which we are all pleased about. Despite the challenging start, Brad and Pol closed the weekend in Austria positively but now we are ready to push for top eight results, if not higher at Brno. Pol is currently leading the satellite battle in the championship and has ridden impressively all year, so we expect him to be fighting as close as possible to the Factory MotoGP riders and we hope he can seal the top independent position on Sunday afternoon. As for Bradley, we expect the same. He has a busy couple of weeks ahead of him with five races on the bounce as he is competing in the 8 Hours of Oschersleben in between Brno and Silverstone. However, we know that this busy schedule will not affect him and he will do his best as always. Therefore, we are certain that he will be competing for a top finish, along with his teammate. We are looking forward to the arriving in Brno as there is always a fantastic crowd for the Czech GP so we will do our best to put on a good show for them.”