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Qatar MotoGP Test: Smith relishing Qatar test climax

British young gun Bradley Smith is fired up for the final day of the Qatar MotoGP test after making advances with the rear end of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1
Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Bradley Smith says he is 'excited' ahead of the final day of the Qatar MotoGP test after making headway with the rear end of the M1 at the Losail circuit on Saturday.

The British rider was fourth fastest ahead of team-mate Pol Espargaro with a best time of 1m 55.627s, which left him 0.433s off the benchmark lap set by Honda's Alvaro Bautista.

“Today we worked mainly on the rear end of the bike, and just tried to improve on the overall best lap which we definitely found a direction with,” said Smith.

“I am quite excited for tomorrow as we have several ideas which we will run through, and I still believe there is more that we can improve with race pace even though it is already really good.

“We found that we wanted to continue and improve on the new tyres as well as the old ones and I am happy with how the bike performs on either tyre at this stage, so that is really positive for the race.

“We'll then work a bit on the qualifying set-up and then finally a race simulation.”

Espargaro, meanwhile, completed a race simulation as he builds towards his MotoGP debut in the opening race of the season under the floodlights in Qatar on March 23.

“I'm pleased that I got my first ever MotoGP race simulation under my belt today, even if I was a little bit tired at the end of the run, but I am satisfied with performance of the bike,” said the Spaniard.

“Of course we still have a margin to improve. It was tricky to ride with the used tyre, and we are still working towards this. When the grip fades slightly, it becomes a bit harder especially with the traction control, so I must learn how to deal with it; but I suppose it's all about experience.

“Moreover it is always different to do a race distance without any pressure and no riders in front or behind me. That makes it really hard to keep the concentration, but we did it so and it gives us a good reference point also regarding the fuel consumption,” he added.

“For tomorrow there are still things to test. For example, I want to try and push for a fast lap, which we haven't done yet.”

Tagged as: Bautista , Smith , Espargaro , Bradl

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March 09, 2014 10:50 AM

I'm hoping to see a different Bradley Smith this season he has been improving in all areas. He nailed a seriously fast lap at the Valencia and now has been working on his race pace since then has been starting to string together some of the faster race sims in testing. Here's hoping for an improved Bradley Smith this season.

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