Bradley Smith registered a strong time on the final day of the second Sepang test on Wednesday to push Cal Crutchlow for the honour of fastest satellite rider in Malaysia.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider lapped in 1m 59.883s to finish sixth on the third and final day, holding the same position on the combine time sheets, with Crutchlow lapping in 1m 59.658s on the CWM LCR Honda.

Smith bettered his time by almost a second and a half from his time on Monday and was only two tenths adrift of Crutchlow's RC213V.

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"It was a good final day for me, especially to finish in the top six. The team and I had more or less completed all of our test plans yesterday, but there were a few small things we needed to try today with the electronics and the clutch," said Smith.

"So we tested three different ideas, with two of them being definitely an improvement. It's these little changes that can make a different in the race. I am pleased to say that I did a 1'59 lap time, which was my objective for this test and it's positive that I could achieve this.

"The bike now has a very good base setup, so next we will go to Qatar which is a completely different track and see if we can use the base setup we made here, at Losail," he added.

"All in all, it was a good test. We're close to being the top satellite bike but Cal is a bit faster, however our pace has been competitive and I am happy with the job the team and I have done here."