Bradley Smith claims to have found a 'safe' set-up on his Aspar Aprilia 125cc machine after coming away from two pre-season tests in Spain as one of the front runners.

Three days at Jerez and two further days at Valencia saw Smith emerge second and third quickest respectively, although the latter outing proved to be weather affected.

Trailing only team-mate Julian Simon in Jerez, Smith is satisfied to have found a good set-up on the factory machine, a reference possibly to a 2008 season that was disrupted by a number of falls.

"It was good to get some laps in at Valencia although most of our work was done in the three days at Jerez," he said. "We've started working on a set-up which is completely new to what I had last year and already it seems safer and with more room to adjust to variables."

Fellow Brit Scott Redding was also present at the test, getting further miles under his belt on the Blusens Aprilia. Getting to within a second of the leaders, Redding was satisfied with the progress made.

"Everything started to click towards the end of the test in Valencia. We worked very hard on the settings and brakes throughout the five days and it all started to come together."

Testing will continue in Spain and Portugal before an official group test at Jerez in March, where they will be joined by Danny Webb on the DeGraaf Aprilia and Matthew Hoyle on the new Chinese-developed Maxtra bike.

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