Bradley Smith says the one-day MotoGP test at Brno has allowed his Tech 3 Yamaha team to get to the bottom of the issues he suffered during the Czech Republic Grand Prix race.
The British rider was enjoying one of his strongest weekends of the season after qualifying in fourth place, but struggled come race day to cross the line down in ninth place.
Choosing to focus on determining why he couldn't translate his single lap pace during the post-event test, Smith – who recently agreed a contract extension with Tech 3 Yamaha into 2015 -, is optimistic it won't be an issue he will contend with in the future.
"I am really happy with the end results from today's test as we have identified a few areas where we were struggling as well as undertaking some refinements which will help us at the beginning of the race. We now know what went wrong on Sunday, but we definitely have the pace to fight in the top five.
“So we mainly focused on this and I rode a lot of laps with full fuel loads. I did a low 56.4 at the end of the day with a full tank and brand new tyres like at the start of the race, which was really constructive. It was more of a case of amending at this test and not trying lots of new things and we have definitely found something with the rear shock setting to help with the full fuel load.
“Also, I explored a few tyre options and we know the direction to take there now. It was an information gathering day, so it's onwards to Silverstone where I will use this new knowledge to get closer to the front and give British fans something to cheer about."