Smith sticks with Tech3 Yamaha

Bradley Smith has put pen to a new one-year deal which will see him remain with the Tech3 Yamaha team for the 2016 season.

The Briton, who is in his third year with Yamaha, is enjoying his best season in the premier class, having finished no lower than eighth in the current campaign to find himself sitting in fifth spot on the World Championship standings. Smith's 106-point haul puts him at the top of the satellite rankings.

"Obviously, I am really pleased to be able to continue this journey with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team and it's fantastic news to re-sign for another season," Smith told the official MotoGP website.

"We will be going into our sixth year together and I must say that it is certainly nice to be giving the guys the results and performances that they deserve at the moment. 

"So far in 2015, I have been finishing where we want to be which is very positive, as I'm sure that I am in debt to them for the first two years in the premier class! Everyone in the team has put their faith in me again and we know that 2016 will be tricky due to the changes in regulations, however, I am optimistic that this will give the satellite riders more of a chance to be competitive. 

"Therefore I am confident about going into next year, as I know that everything will be fairer so we will continue to work together and we fully intend to take our sponsors onto the podium. 2016 will be exciting and I am more than pleased about being able to ride aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 and with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team.”

The 24-year-old began his career racing in the 125cc class before competing in Moto2 for two seasons. He then moved up to MotoGP in 2013 and finished 10th overall in his debut season and eighth last season.