Early decision should make Smith stronger in 2016
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.”