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Smith enjoys new chassis

“Hopefully that is a good step in the right direction but we will see in Le Mans where we will have both bikes running the new frame” – Bradley Smith.
MotoGP rookie Bradley Smith knocked 1.4s from his fastest Spanish Grand Prix race lap while testing with a new chassis on Monday at Jerez.

While the other Yamaha riders, including Tech 3 team-mate Cal Crutchlow, were unsure of the benefits of the newest design, Smith found the chassis upgrade offered better braking stability and rear grip.

As a result, Smith already intends to use the new frame in the all-important home round for the Tech 3 team at Le Mans later this month.

“I spent the whole day working on race set-up and I was lucky enough to be given a new chassis, so I am very grateful to Yamaha for that,” said Smith. “I really liked the new chassis and I was able to lap a lot more comfortable. We tried a few different solutions with that new frame and I made some big steps with my pace on old tyres.”

Smith's best lap at the test was 1.1s behind the fastest time, set by Honda's Marc Marquez, which compared with a difference of 1.9s to the top in terms of Sunday's race lap times.

“It is difficult to say how much the improvement is compared to yesterday because the conditions were really tricky in the race but I was able to lap in the 1.40s all day today on new and old tyres,” said Smith.

“I felt happy at that pace and it didn't feel like I was risking too much as well.

“Hopefully that is a good step in the right direction but we will see in Le Mans where we will have both bikes running the new frame. I was much more stable on the brakes and I had much more rear grip and I was closer on race pace, so I can go to Le Mans optimistic.”



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DBL

May 07, 2013 4:43 PM

Why the moaning, his bike isn't to the same spec as Cal's (Cal's is the factory spare parts bin special). He has been asked to go quicker in each session, he does. As for Espargaro, he and the others in CRT have the benefit of the softer CRT tyres this year. I know loads of people say Scott Redding should have the ride etc, Scott is good but Brad finished above Scott in every season they raced together (125 and Moto2) with the exception of 2012, where Scott had the championship winning Kalex under him and Brad had the old Tech3 Mistral which as you can see from this year has not been improved (again). Brad has had less testing on MotoGP than the other rookies Marquez and Iannone. The team knows him and unless those bashing him are ex-championship winning MotoGP riders or team managers then frankly you know nothing other than sitting in front of your tv scratching your ****s and thinking you do.

cmpunk - Unregistered

May 07, 2013 5:53 PM

To most smith is most undeserving prototype rider now but will you believe when asked about jorge and marc clash, he answred bashing lorenzo that he has never raced in his career only getting runaway wins. I also remember him bashing marc telling he was cheating in moto 2 just wondering what this guy thinks he is?



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