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Valencia MotoGP Test: Smith hopes work ethic will pay off at Sepang

'In the end, we ran out of soft rear tyres so I had to use the hard compound, but I was still able to improve my time from yesterday' - Bradley Smith.
Bradley Smith rattled off more laps than any other rider on the final day of the official MotoGP test at Valencia in his efforts to find a strong base setting using the new Michelin tyres.

Smith set his best lap in 1m 31.694s as he slotted into tenth place on the time sheets, 0.075s slower than his team-mate, Pol Espargaro, in eighth.

The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider was eager to gain as much insight as possible ahead of the opening three-day Sepang 2016 test next February and made the most of his final outing on the satellite M1 prior to the onset of the winter testing ban, which runs from December 1 to January 31.

“We can be pleased with what we have achieved and it was a big day where I completed 71 laps as we focused on my new bike for 2016,” said Smith.

“The team and I needed to understand what sort of Yamaha we will ride next year, which in all honesty, was a big task as we had to go through everything thoroughly.

“This wasn't necessarily to make things better instantly, but it was for knowledge, which will help to prevent any potential issues in the future,” he added.

“After last year, we know how vital this is and hence, this is why I rode so many laps. In the end, we ran out of soft rear tyres so I had to use the hard compound, but I was still able to improve my time from yesterday even though the conditions were a bit tricky in the last hour here.”

Smith, sixth in this year's championship, his lap times should only be compared to those set by the other satellite riders as the factory competitors received extra Michelin options to test.

“In addition, we should only compare my lap time to the other satellite riders as we had just two front and rear compounds available, while the factory guys had more options to try,” he said.

“Altogether, I'm satisfied as it has been a positive day and we now have a very good understanding of the bike as well as a solid base to start 2016 with.

“It's time to pack away my M1 for the winter break and I look forward to seeing it again in February.”


Tagged as: Smith , Espargaro , Bradl

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