Smith ready to fight at Sachsenring
Posted on Jul 07, 2015 by Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team rider Bradley Smith heads to the ninth round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship fully charged and confident of clinching two notable finishes ahead of the summer break. The GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland will take place at the famous 3.7 kilometre Sachsenring circuit which hosted its first MotoGP race in 1998.
The track is well known for it’s numerous tight corners, including the famous Omega turn and a main straight of only 700 metres, which makes the race a very physically demanding yet thrilling one for both, MotoGP riders as well as fans.
Bradley Smith will set his sights on another top six finish in this weekend’s 30 lap sprint aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 as he intends to extend his lead in the satellite MotoGP bike standings. The British rider will also seek to maintain his consistent form this year, having finished no lower than eighth in the opening eight rounds.
Bradley Smith: – Championship: 6th – Points: 77
"It’s time to hit the Sachsenring again and I’m more determined than ever to score a top result aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1. Last year was a tricky weekend, but after the very encouraging opening half of the season that we have had, I am certain this year will be a positive experience. It’s a short track and one that is not as fast as some of the other rounds, plus there are a lot of tight corners which means that getting the Yamaha set up for these turns on Friday is integral to success on Sunday. It’s been a busy few weeks for Pol and I, as we tested in Japan for the Suzuka 8 hour race last week. However, the fatigue is no issue and I know that I have the ability to fight as close to the factory bikes as possible. I want to provide the German fans with a good show by giving them something to cheer about and I can’t wait to throw my leg over the M1 once again."
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager:
"The Sachsenring race will mark the end of the first half of the 2015 MotoGP season and we are as excited as always about visiting Germany for the ninth round. It was another good show by both Pol and Brad in the Netherlands and to finish 5th and 7th is very encouraging, especially considering how competitive the MotoGP field is. Both boys gave it their absolute all and were right in the hunt with the factory riders, so we hope for the same this weekend. It may take them a bit of time to adjust back to MotoGP after their test in Japan for the Suzuka 8 hour race, but we know they will still do a great job this weekend. To have Brad as the leading satellite bike in the championship standings at the mid point of the season is very strong and Pol clinched his second top five finish of the year with a determined effort in the Netherlands. Therefore, we can’t wait to get going and hear the fans shouting like they always do at the Sachsenring.”