Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Bradley Smith says he is riding at '85 per cent' fitness at Sepang after injuring his right ankle during training.

The British rider is having problems shifting his weight around the YZR-M1, particularly in right-hand corners, but Smith is putting a brace face on things as he grits his teeth and carries on with the job at hand.

He slotted into ninth place on the time sheets behind LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow and ahead of Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaro, posting his fastest lap on Thursday in 2m 01.098s.

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"Overall, I am pleased with the progress we have made on day two in Malaysia and I am happy to be back in the groove whilst working on some areas that I can evaluate here in Sepang," said Smith.

"I'm at about 85 per cent fitness due to my injured right ankle which I hurt in training, however I still managed to complete 103 laps over today and yesterday. I can't move around on the bike as much as I would like to due to the injury and right hand corners are a bit tricky, but I will heal and these are only small details and issues, which can be ironed out later.

"I'm evaluating the two different chassis at the moment and today I rode both and completed a similar distance," he added.

"My lap times were close on either chassis, which is a very good sign, so I am certainly happy about what we achieved. Yet, now we need to continue working in order to decide which one has more potential for the upcoming season. There's still some work to do, but we are moving forward."

Smith's team-mate, Pol Espargaro, was seventh fastest, clocking a time of 2m 00.996s to finish behind Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi.