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MotoGP Indianapolis: Smith: It's great to be back

Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Bradley Smith ends opening day of Indianapolis MotoGP in 10th position on time sheets but only 0.200s down on third-placed Jorge Lorenzo
Bradley Smith's excellent performance in FP1 to finish second quickest behind Valentino Rossi was tempered slightly as the British rider slipped down the order to 10th place in FP at Indianapolis.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 star was a mere 0.023s behind the factory YZR-M1 of Rossi in the morning but although Smith dropped eight places in FP2, he was only 0.200s adrift of Jorge Lorenzo in third.

Smith said: “It was great to return from the summer break with such a quick pace this morning and it's certainly what we needed. We made the right choice and started on a soft tyre, before switching to a hard compound at the end of the first session.

“My feeling was good on the hard, so I began a long run which I continued this afternoon, prior to changing again to a soft one at the final stages of FP2, but there was much more grip than I expected and I couldn't take full advantage of the new rubber.

“However, I still haven't made a decision on tyres for the race as the grip levels will certainly change,” he added.

“In any case the modifications to the circuit are really good and it's much better for us to ride on, but the only down side is that some of the passing opportunities are reduced due to the circuit being much faster.”

Smith is aiming to build on a positive day one showing on Saturday and couldn't be happier to be reunited with his M1 after the summer break.

“With regards to this afternoon, I am only 0.2 from the fastest Yamaha and very close to the front row,” he said.

“The team did a great job plus I am really happy to be back with the bike feeling as good as ever.

“It's a long way until the race on Sunday, but my tactic is to continue the positive start today, be quick in qualifying and make no mistakes in the race.”

Tagged as: Lorenzo , Valentino Rossi , Smith , Bradl

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