Smith to leave Tech 3 by 2017

MCE Insurance

The 2016 MotoGP season has yet to begin, yet Bradley Smith has already announced his plans for 2017 will not involve Monster Yamaha Tech 3.

He describes it as a 'scary situation', but earlier this year team boss Herve Poncharal 'made it clear he (Smith) will not be renewing for next year' however well he does. He explains that 'Tech 3 is used by Yamaha to bring on young talent' and as he approaches 26 he must accept he is 'no longer considered a fast young talent'.

However, in the face of this news he seems resilient and says this has given him 'even more motivation, not that (he) needed it.'

He appears set in his goals for the season, with his eyes set on a factory ride in 2017. He states that if he can finish as 'the top non-factory bike and in the top eight, (he) will be well placed in the draft for a factory ride next year.''

Pol Espargaro's future with the team remains uncertain with rumours that Rins and Folger (Moto2) may be next in line for the Tech 3 team, despite Espargaro being contracted directly to Yamaha.

17.03.2016 - MCE Insurance

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