Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Bradley Smith will step aboard the powerful Endurance spec-YZF-R1 for the second time in his career on 25-27 August during the 19th German Speedweek's signature 8 Hours of Oschersleben.
He will join YART Yamaha Official EWC Team's rider line-up for one race with the goal of helping them charge to gold at the final round of the 2016 FIM Endurance World Championship, which sees nine teams in contention to claim the title.
After YART Yamaha Official EWC Team's superb performance at the Suzuka 8 Hours almost a fortnight ago, securing a well-deserved fourth place, the Austrian team is currently tied for second in the championship, just eight points behind the leading team and with 35 points still to race for. With glory within his grasp, Team Manager Mandy Kainz is determined to claim the second World Championship Title for the team, its first since 2009, as the series is decided at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben in a little more than two weeks' time.
"We are very excited and proud that Bradley will join the team for the final round in Oschersleben, which will be a very important race for us," Kainz stresssed. "The road to the top has not been easy for us this year. At the first race in Le Mans we had only two riders to complete the 24-hour race and in PortimÌ£o we were a little unlucky to be forced to make an extra pit stop, but our determination to keep fighting never diminished.
"The results in Suzuka were great and thanks to that, and the continuous effort of the team, we are very close to winning the championship. With the addition of Bradley to our already strong rider line-up we are certain we will be in with a good chance to fight for the title and we can't wait to get started."