Early de­ci­sion should make Smith stronger in 2016

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

Bradley Smith’s con­tract with Tech 3 was al­ready due to ex­pire at the end of 2016 – so by wrap­ping up a new deal with KTM so early the 25-year-old has saved him­self the pres­sure of job hunt­ing. That means he can now con­cen­trate on the sea­son ahead.

In the past, Smith has been prone to letting off-track stress af­fect his on-track per­for­mance. Most no­tably in Ger­many in 2013 when a week­end of dif­fi­cult ne­go­ti­a­tions co­in­cided with five crashes in one race meet­ing.

“It’s a bit sur­real, be­cause it’s weird to be talk­ing to ev­ery­one about 2017 when we’ve only just done the first race of 2016, but for me it was im­por­tant. Af­ter a situation like we had in Saschen­ring a cou­ple of years ago, where there was a lot go­ing on inside my head and I had a bit of a melt­down, I wanted to make sure that didn’t hap­pen again.

“To get it sewn up be­fore the first race means I can fo­cus on Tech 3 and on be­ing top satel­lite bike this year.”

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