Bradley Smith has hailed the impact of Yamaha's seamless gearbox after the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider experimented with the new part at Sepang.

Smith, who is entering his second full season in the MotoGP class on the satellite YZR-M1, finished ninth fastest on Wednesday as the three-day test got under way in Malaysia.

His quickest lap of 2m 01.644s was 0.769s adrift of Alvaro Bautista at the top but Smith was in upbeat mood.

"Today was the first day of using the seamless shift gear box. I am really thankful for Yamaha, because it was really beneficial for us," he said.

"It is a very nice system to use, and I think the biggest advantage of the gearbox with be on old tyres in the second half of the race. We have continued working on ideas from the first test, and have found a great front setting, which will probably be our base setting for the season.

"We still need to work a little more with the electronics, and the rear grip," added the young British prospect.

"The Bridgestone tyres seem to be better than last time, even though the track conditions were not so great.

"We also changed the geometry of the bike which consistently works better with the tyres. I think the track conditions will improve and on day three [Friday] we'll try a race simulation."



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