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Sepang II MotoGP Test: Smith: We're close to being top satellite bike

Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Bradley Smith concludes second Sepang test in sixth place on combined times, edged out by Cal Crutchlow for honour of leading satellite rider
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.

“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.”

Tagged as: Cal Crutchlow , Smith , Bradl

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February 26, 2015 4:32 PM

SmokinHaddock: Oh, I don't know, maybe the one where he had the skill to stay on board, end up on the podium, whilst the others were chucking it at the scenery?
hate to be harsh but thats called 'lucking' onto the podium. and i'm not sure i'd say it was 'skill'.... more like slowing wwwaaaayyyyyy down (from his already sluggish pace) after watching rider after rider pitch their bikes due to changing conditions and tire construction. he needs to show results in race without extenuating circumstances--and so far he hasn't.
When you are competing in the Premier class, and everyone starts, and there are no 'mechanicals' then nobody 'lucks' on to the podium. I think you are forgetting just how good you have to be to even get near a MotoGP grid in the first place. The ongoing lack of knowledge and respect on this forum constantly amazes me.


February 26, 2015 7:47 PM

hate to be harsh but thats called 'lucking' onto the podium." Explain to me how I can luck into a MOTOGP podium!!!! Always thought you had to first make it into MotoGP and make it unto a good bike then actually be in the position during the race to collect the podium that other riders could not do because they crashed... I think Marquez lucked into the win in Sepang because Pedrosa had the better pace but he crashed...sounds a little silly to me but you are being biased because if Marquez/Lorenzo et al did the same it was racing and they won. Did Rossi luck into the win in Misano because MM crashed?? Why isn't Bradley given the same respect? He is by far not my favorite rider and I still do not know how he was given the Tech3 seat in 2013 but hey he has done enough to keep it says Herve Ponchoral!! and dang it, the boy stepped unto a MOTOGP podium because on that day he was the 3rd best!!!!!!!

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