Bradley Smith fixed the set-up issues with his Monster Yamaha, one day after the race at Jerez.

The Englishman salvaged eighth place in the Spanish MotoGP after his toughest weekend of year, before returning for the official test.

It was during that track time that Smith and his Tech 3 team found the set-up he had been searching for, allowing him to beat his best race lap by 0.8s and finished sixth (+0.831s) on the timesheets.

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"Amazingly all we tried was electronics and it solved the problem, which is disappointing, but at least we found the solution," Smith said.

"Yesterday we had a technical meeting, analysed a few things and went 'ah, we know what we need to try.' We put that in and first run it was like, 'why didn't we try this yesterday!' But I didn't think about it until yesterday night.

"And then the final thing we tried was front forks. We had a bit of an idea to try to stop this overloading problem on the front tyre and that seemed to work quite well. The idea is basically to not squash the tyre so much, keep it nice and round so the Yamaha can get on its side with a smoother transition. I think it'll work well at other tracks.

"You never stop still learning the wonderful machine that is a MotoGP bike."

Smith is seventh in the championship, eleven points from top satellite rider Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and ten points ahead of team-mate Pol Espargaro.

Espargaro, fifth in the race, was tenth fastest at Monday's test after escaping injury in a fast fall.

"I fell on the second lap in the morning. It was a fast crash and honestly, we didn't expect this to occur as we didn't change any of the electronics from yesterday. We checked what happened on the data and the results are inconclusive as to what made me fall. Nevertheless, I am fine and not injured so there is not a major problem.

"Today we basically tested the electronic systems that we didn't test in Malaysia because we didn't have enough time during the opening tests of the season. We finally assessed them here and the outcome is positive.

"However, everything has been good this weekend, as we had a strong race and solid pace with the bike, so I am leaving Jerez satisfied and confident for the upcoming races."

Round five will be the Tech 3 team's home event at Le Mans.