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Smith feels the speed at Sepang

“I'm also looking at the data to try and improve my riding style, getting off the brake a little earlier and carry a bit more speed around the corner. Reverting back to a more 125 style.

“Just trying to get my head around this MotoGP bike because it's crazy! The grip that you have, the power that you have and all the electronics – it's like a puzzle and we're putting it together bit by bit, but we still have a long way to go.”

Fellow rookie and Smith's former 125 and Moto2 rival Marc Marquez mentioned that he currently feels more comfortable on old tyres since it is hard to know the limit with new tyres, a sentiment Smith agrees with.

“Exactly. The Bridgestone's are so good that I felt more confident when the tyres are old, 20-25 laps, because I could understand what they were doing. When they are brand new the limit is so far ahead it is crazy.

“The limit is so far ahead of where I'm riding that I just have to catch up. I think it is going to take at least two days and also the Sepang II test just for me to catch up.

“The M1 is such a good package - and also Andrea [Dovizioso] created such a good package for me to start to ride - that it is just about me doing laps and trying to catch up.

“I didn't really touch anything on the bike today. The guys did a little bit here and there for front suspension, but electronic and setting wise we didn't touch it.

I have to ride it at the moment. I have to trust it and Ihave to get the best out of the package. At the moment I am a long way from that, but it's been good fun trying.”

On the physical challenge, Smith joked: “I'll be sore tomorrow and after three days I'll be walking like John Wayne, but MotoGP is so much fun it's not a problem!”

Dovizioso - who has moved to Ducati - Smith's fellow rookie Andrea Iannone and the second Pramac Ducati of Ben Spies (recovering from surgery) were the three manufacturer riders behind Smith on the Tuesday timesheets.

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dm52 - Unregistered

February 05, 2013 3:58 PM

I think people are missing the fact that he is only 100 laps into his motogp career. Pushing for the all important lap time is the last thing on the list of things to do at the moment. Marquez who he inevitably be compared to has in addition to his prodigious talent had a private Sepang test to assist in his acclimation to the category as well as full works data and support. Far too early to pass judgement in my opinion.



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