February 17 2010.

Oxford Products backed British MotoGP star Bradley Smith starts his 2010 Championship campaign with his first test of the season at Barcelona in Spain this week.

Nineteen year old Smith returns from training in the Californian sunshine to join his new team-mate Nico Terol in the two day test. Last year the Oxfordshire teenager won two grands prix and secured nine podium finishes on route to second place in the 125 cc World Championship.

"Basically Barcelona will be a chance to get riding again, it's going to be tough to get back in the swing of riding and so I will take it step by step," said Smith, who will return to California to continue his training after the test. "I'm sure we will have some parts to test and it will be nice to start up the Aprilia and get back on track after three months."

The first grand prix of the season is under the Qatar floodlights on April 11.