British rider Bradley Smith has found a 'definite direction' to pursue with his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 on Saturday after concluding the first day of the Aragon MotoGP in ninth place.

Smith's time of 1m 49.011s left him within 0.073s of Forward Yamaha's Aleix Espargaro in fifth place and the 23-year-old expects to make a significant step on Saturday.

"I am pleased with the job we did today and especially in this afternoon's session, we made a big step forward with the bike and have a definite direction to follow for the rest of the weekend," said Smith.

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"We focused a lot on braking stability as well as my technique in order to be smoother and more consistent. I can safely say that we improved this and I certainly feel that we did a good job today.

"At the moment, the lap times are close in the classifications but the Hondas seem to have a small advantage so we need to work hard to catch them up."

Smith also expects an improved level of grip at Aragon on Saturday to enable him to close the gap to the Open class riders running the extra soft Bridgestone tyre option.

"Also today, the soft tyre compound might have given the Open class bikes and the Ducati's some advantage however, I am confident that the grip level of the track will keep improving which will allow us to close in on them tomorrow," he said.

"Nevertheless it was a positive day and I look forward to continuing the good work for the rest of the weekend."