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Smith will use Motegi to get back into the swing of MotoGP

Britain’s Bradley Smith intends to use this weekend’s Motegi MotoGP round to adjust back to the pace of riding following his enforced seven-week break from competition.

The Monster Yamaha man has been sidelined with injury after being run over at the Oschersleben Eight-Hour but following surgery and watching Alex Lowes ride his M1, the Oxfordshire coppertop is ready to race.

It will be the first time that I can ride a MotoGP bike after seven weeks and even though I am almost fit, it will take me a bit of time to fully adjust to being back on the Yamaha,” said Smith.


“This will be the initial goal of the weekend, but I am confident that I can quickly get up to speed again. Japan is a special place, with it being the home of Yamaha and also the country where I won the Suzuka Eight-Hours event last year. Plus, the fans are fantastic and really supportive which will motivate me even further.

“However, I know this weekend will be physically demanding due to the stop and go nature of the circuit, plus, there are a lot of hard braking corners but I am certain that we can start the flyaway races positively before we head to Phillip Island."

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