Oxfordshire's Bradley Smith is confident of stepping up on his opening practice session for tomorrow's Qatar MotoGP when the other two free practice sessions take place today.

The 24-year-old, from Forest Hill, near Oxford, was 13th fastest on his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bike.

He said: “I think the track conditions were a bit tricky and not ideal for the setting which we have in place at the moment.

“However, I know we will improve when the grip level increases.”

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