Tech3 ready to hit Cathedral of speed at full power
Posted on Jun 23, 2015 by Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team riders Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro head to the legendary Assen circuit this week for round 8 of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship optimistic of clinching success.
The venue, which has a deep history, is the only event on the MotoGP race calendar to have held a Grand Prix every year since it’s creation in 1949. In terms of layout, the narrow 4.5 kilometre circuit features many rapid corners and the Geert Timmer chicane always provides an exiting close to the lap for the thousands of ecstatic fans who flock to the track to witness the action.
Bradley Smith will be aiming to follow up his two consistent 5th place finishes at Catalunya and Mugello with another notable result aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 at the Motul TT Assen. The young British rider, who concluded the rain affected post Catalunya GP test at the head of the pack, will take the positives from Spain as he intends to meet the chequered flag inside the top six in Saturday’s race.
Bradley Smith: – Championship: 6th – Points: 68
"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. 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!"
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager:
"The Motul TT Assen is a special race, not only because of the amazing crowds that come to watch our sport and who really enjoy it, but also because it is sponsored by Motul who are one of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team partners. It will be the 8th race of the year and almost the midpoint of the season so we can see that both riders have done a good job, despite some different spells of luck. Brad has been strong, is doing great and impressing us. Therefore, we hope that he can follow up his double 5th placed finishes and fight near the factory MotoGP bikes like in the previous races. Pol has had a bit of a tricky year at times and the last race in Barcelona must have been tough for him. However, it was just a matter of luck and we know he will have a top race here and battle with his teammate for the leading satellite position. After this race, both riders will be heading over to Japan to test for the Suzuka 8 hour race, so it would be great for them to go to the east with two strong results ahead of that challenge.”