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MotoGP: Smith: Our bike is 95 per cent there

Bradley Smith says his satellite M1 is almost running at its full potential as the British rider clocks eighth quickest time on second day of Qatar test
Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Bradley Smith says he only needs to find another 'five per cent' with his YZR-M1 to be in an optimum position for the opening round of the MotoGP World Championship in Qatar.

The British rider set the eighth fastest time on day two of the final pre-season test behind fellow countryman Cal Crutchlow, lapping in 1m 55.648s as he finished 0.741s down on the best time overall set by Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso.

Smith, who chalked up 49 laps under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit, said: “I managed to save one set of tyres, which will enable us to do a long run tomorrow as well as my practice sessions, so now I need a good rest and I will then go for it again.

“I believe my bike is 95 per cent there, we may just need to improve the balance of the Yamaha a little bit in order to have even more corner speed which is our main strength, but all in all I'm pleased.

“We had a really busy day today as we had to work through a long check list that we were given by Yamaha and the task was to confirm different ideas, both positive as well as lesser ones,” he added.

“Sometimes when you do these kind of tests you feel as if you are losing some time, but actually it's very important as you might discover a modification, which may help in the future. I'm happy the pace was there today and I was able to improve my lap time from yesterday.”

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March 16, 2015 10:08 AM

I must say bs aint doing bad we have the 6 factory riders and bs is close. now i not a fan of him at all and i had always say give his ride to another rider but hes not doing bad i think. still have today to make some modifications


March 17, 2015 2:14 PM

Smith will finish 9-11 in the championship this year......lacks the talent to place any higher. Before anybody jumps on my case...doing 1 fast lap does not automatically mean you'll get a podium position. Occasionally Smith will do his fast lap but he cannot do it for a whole race.......

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