BRADLEY Smith admits this weekend’s Czech Grand Prix is a journey into the unknown.

The Aprilia rider, from Forest Hill, arrives in Brno looking to continue his form from Jerez, where he claimed points in the opening two races of the MotoGP season.

The 29-year-old, who is deputising while Andrea Iannone contests a doping ban, knows there is more to come from his RS-GP bike and is uncertain about what the weekend holds.

He said: “On paper, Brno seems not to be the best track for Aprilia, but with this new bike it’s hard to make any kind of prediction.

“We’ll find decidedly different conditions than Jerez.

“In any case, the experience gained in the first two races will certainly be helpful.

“The thing that the new RS-GP seems to be lacking the most is time on the track.

“We were unable to turn as many laps as we would have needed to because of COVID and that forces us to continue development during the races.”

The event at the historic circuit kick-starts a

triple-header for Smith and the rest of the field, with two races at Austria’s Spielberg Circuit to follow.

RONNIE Harris stayed top of the FAB-Racing British Championship with a hat-trick of podiums in Dorset.

The 12-year-old, from Middle Barton, was first, second and third over the trio of races at round three.

It leaves him ten points clear at the top of the standings.