Smith fan­cies his chances on KTM’S new RC16

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KTM’S 2017 rider Bradley Smith says that he’s de­lighted with the progress that the Aus­trian man­u­fac­turer are mak­ing with their new project – es­pe­cially af­ter the pace that they dis­played when they joined the rest of the Mo­togp grid for a test at the Red Bull Ring last month.

“I was more ex­cited to see what KTM was able to do at the test than I was to see it do­ing some laps at the week­end! They’re def­i­nitely ahead of where I thought they would be – but also, be­ing the re­al­ist that I am, I know there are only re­ally eight cor­ners here and the rest of the lap is straight. Let’s wait un­til Austin with 22 laps and see how it fares there!

“Ob­vi­ously, I’m pleased to see it com­pet­i­tive though. My ex­pec­ta­tions are that if I got on it in Va­len­cia (in the post-sea­son test) and was any­where near the back of the grid in terms of lap times, I’d be happy. “If you’re two sec­onds from last place, that’s a worry, but any­where near the back is some­thing to be pleased about. “So to see them both there al­ready at the test, with both Mika and Tom do­ing a great job, is promis­ing. I heard some of the num­bers form the speed guns too, and they seem to have done their home­work there! That does not shock me – I be­lieve KTM can do it and that’s why I signed up. We’ll just have to wait and see what hap­pens when I sit on the bike!”

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