Bradley Smith: "I need to earn myself a good bike for 2016"

Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 31 Dec 2014

Smith says he needs to perform in 2015 to retain his ride

Bradley Smith has said that his job for next year’s MotoGP season is to earn himself a good bike for 2016.

The British rider already has his sights set on remaining with the Tech 3 Yamaha team for the fourth consecutive season, stating he’s keen to have a strong package ahead of the rule changes set to come into force in one year’s time.

“The fact that I've only got a one-year contract is super important,” Smith said speaking to Bike Social earlier this year. “I've got to earn myself a good bike for 2016. With the rules and regulation changes going on like they are you really need to be in Tech3.

"That is the only seat up for grabs from what I can expect. It's huge and you need to have that kind of experience and knowledge when you go into a new era like that. It helps a lot because I'll have had three years on that bike and in that team.”

Smith finished 8th in this year's championship

Smith recognises that in order to retain his ride he’ll need a strong start to the 2015 season. The 24-year-old finished 8th in this year’s championship, some two places behind rookie team mate Pol Espargaro.

“It's going to be another year where I need to do a first half of the season like I did the second half of this one,” he continued. “I really don’t know what people look at, I don’t know what the criteria is and I’m not sure anybody else does. It is what it is and it is how it goes.

“We are a satellite team. Our job is to be the top satellite rider or satellite bike. We can't control what the factories do or develop. For sure it's another step forward and even if Ducati bring something better next year I believe we're a step ahead of them.

“I certainly won’t be disappointed if I am top satellite rider, beating Pol on a weekly basis and I lose my contract as I’ll have done everything that I needed to do. That has got to be my aim, I can’t have anyone doing better than I am on the same product so the target and the job is clear.