Bradley Smith says he is pleased with the progress he made during the three-day Moto2 test at Valencia, insisting he is confident he can strive for good results in his maiden season.
columnist will make his Moto2 debut in 2011 with the Tech 3 team, Smith getting the chance to ride the chassis for the first time at Valencia since the post-season outings in November.
Lowering his best to a 1min 37.3secs by the end of the three days – less than two seconds off pace setter and former 125cc rival Marc Marquez -, Smith was happy to have made a marked improvement since his previous outing.
“This test was very important and I learned a lot. It was my first time with the 2011 bike and we worked a lot on the geometry to find a good balance. It was hard work, but a great learning process as we tried many different solutions that helped me understand what happens to the bike when we make changes and how big the differences can be.
“It is scary that we only have six more days of testing until the season starts, but as we found a good direction with the bike in Valencia, I am confident. I improved my time by 1.4 seconds compared to November, so it shows that we did a very good job.
“I am happy with my team and we work together very well and I have to thank them for their efforts. Now we go straight to Estoril, but it looks like the weather forecast is not so positive. I hope we will have as much dry track time as possible to help us build on the progress we made in Valencia.”