MotoGP »

125: Smith, Redding pleased with testing

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.


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Smith, Valencia 125GP Test 2008
Rossi at 2016 Monza Rally Show (Monster)
Marquez at FIM Gala
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith, Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sam Lowes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sam Lowes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Pirro, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Petrucci, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


elgard - Unregistered

February 04, 2009 8:24 PM

Now that the BBC has full rights to all classes i hope they will show a bit more support off track to all brits this season.When Scott Redding made history last year by being the first brit to win a home gp in years he wasn't even mentioned on the sport section off the morning news the following day.How are these guys(JT the DOUBLE WSBK champion included) going to become household names that the late great Barry Sheene was. I've said me bit now.goodnight

papi - Unregistered

February 05, 2009 8:39 AM

Unfortunately, for a bike racer to become a houshold name in the UK he has to smash himself to pieces several times (Sheene). The masses have no interest in Motogp (maybe a good thing).



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.