Bradley Smith feels his day one position of 13th on the time sheets at Aragon does not provide an accurate reflection of the MotoGP rookie's potential at the Spanish track.

Smith had been tenth during FP1 in the morning and although he improved his time with a 1m 50.944s lap in FP2, he dropped down the standings, finishing behind Hector Barbera on the Avintia Blusens FTR.

The 22-year-old, who has fond memories of Aragon after finishing on the podium in the 125cc class in 2010, has been experimenting with a new riding position on the satellite M1.

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"I'm reasonably happy with how the weekend has started but obviously the final position doesn't look so good," he said.

"I don't think the position truly reflects our potential because a few guys not so far in front of me used a soft tyre to make their best time and they could only make one fast lap.

"I feel my pace is consistent but I am certainly looking to improve by at least 0.5s tomorrow.

"Track conditions between FP1 and FP2 changed quite a lot, so it is not clear which direction to go with on the set-up," added Smith.

"But the first goal for tomorrow will be to make sure I am back in the top 10 at the end of FP3 to advance straight into QP2."