Smith to leave Tech 3
Bradley Smith has confirmed that he looks likely that he will not renew his deal with the Tech 3 Yamaha squad for 2017, as he chases down a factory ride for next season.
“I won’t be in a Tech 3 garage in 2017, I think this’ll be my last year. Herve Poncheral and Yamaha have their own programme in place.
Smith remains confident that he has a chance at a factory ride for 2017 with KTM or Suzuki if he has a strong start to 2016.
If he can finish as the top non-factory bike and in that top eight, he will be well placed in the draft for a factory ride next year. That biggest opportunity as always is going to come in those first four races starting in Qatar on Sunday.
“The bike I’m riding is the World Championship winning Yamaha from last year and is certainly the closest we’ve been, especially with the chassis, to the factory bike. It’s the most competitive bike Yamaha can provide us and it’s up to me to ride the bike to the limit, especially in those first four races before the factory bikes start to make changes.” said Bradley on an interview with MCN in this up and coming Qatar MotoGP this weekend.