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Moto2: Smith satisfied with Valencia test performance

Bradley Smith expresses his satisfaction with the strides made during the three-day Moto2 test at Valencia.
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.

The 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.”

Tagged as: moto2 , Bradley Smith , Valencia , Tech 3

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GPFan - Unregistered

February 15, 2011 3:09 PM

It's tough to put Brad up against Scott as you all know it's BS 1st season. Fact is, it took Scott 3gp's to score his 1st points in M2 and he only scored 2 more times before the 9th race. On the other thread Don-R said the team had to change the bike chassis by making it stiffer and Scott really turned it on in the last part of the season but one can only feel he could have done better had he been in better shape too. (malaysian gp and other GPs where he dropped off pace at the end)) Brad's problems won't come from the lack of training but maybe more in the way of there just being 2 riders on the Tech 3 chassis, last years Tech 3 riders did a lot of crashing and complained of lack of feeling with the front. His direct competition has to be beating his team mate . Mike's in his 2nd season. Either way for both Brad and Scott I wish them the best in 2011.

roemer - Unregistered

February 15, 2011 1:35 PM

Bradley will surprise few of you, he is a talented rider and a hard worker...I support him eventhough I´m not from england....go bradder go for a win !

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