Bradley Smith tested some new parts for his Tech 3 Yamaha on the first day of the Valencia MotoGP test, finishing third fastest behind Jorge Lorenzo and team-mate Pol Espargaro.

Smith commented that the changes should make the bike easier to ride in races, with his final 2015 package set to be available from the first Sepang test.

"It was a really good day and we basically did one run with yesterday's bike and the rest of the run was done with next year's bike," said the Englishman. "I'll have the new exhaust from Sepang. For me the step wasn't the same advantage as last year because I was riding an older bike last year but maybe this will be worth a quarter of a second over one lap but over a race distance and at low grip tracks it will come into its own. It's difficult to put a number on it at the moment but I'm excited to try it in Sepang in February."

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With two years under his belt in MotoGP, Smith knows that making a step forward next year will be critical for his career. When asked about finding the correct base setting for the season, Smith said that working in conjunction with Yamaha's engineers has been important:

"The base setting that we've had from Misano onwards has been the same one. We've been fast and competitive and finally it's down to the fact that you can only change the bike so much. The Japanese have so many simulations for the parameters and it's just down to you to ride it in the way that works.

"Of course you can change the bike and find a setting that works at one-off race tracks but you're then chasing your tail at the next track. If you can find something that works and is stable it gives you a decent platform to then work on yourself to get to the next level.

"It comes down to the package that you're riding and adapting to what you've been given and this new package helps me to ride more like I know that I need to ride it. The bike does more things automatically that you as a rider don't have to make it do, so that means that you have more brain space to work on the bike and the things that you can do."

If the usual pattern continues, Smith and Espargaro will start next season with the bike that Lorenzo and Factory team-mate Valentino Rossi finished this year with.