Smith confirmed at Tech 3 for 2016

Bradley Smith will remain at the Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP squad next season, it has been officially announced.

The 24-year-old Brit was expected to be retained by the French team off the back of a strong third season in the premier class, sitting fifth in the riders' standings having not finished lower than eighth all year.

Pol Espargaro, who is 25 points behind teammate Smith heading into this weekend's Silverstone race, had already had his deal to remain at the team extended by one season, meaning Tech 3 heads into the 2016 season with an unchanged line-up.

"I am really pleased to be able to continue this journey with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team and it's fantastic news to resign for another season," said Smith.

"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. 

"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."

Smith has been part of the Tech 3 set-up since joining the team's Moto2 arm in 2011, graduating to the premier class two years later.

"I am super happy and proud to finally announce that Bradley Smith will remain with our team for one more year," said Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal.

"Of course, he deserves to be given the opportunity by the team together with Factory Yamaha to ride an M1 for another season after having had a fantastic first part of the year. 

"We hope that the fact that his future is sorted will give him a big boost for his upcoming home GP and I am sure that he is going to be even stronger in the final rounds of the 2015 season compared to what we have seen so far."

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