Bradley Smith was able to regain a good level of consistency at Sepang after the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider found a setting that improved the performance of the new Bridgestone tyres.

Smith finished one position ahead of team-mate and series rookie Pol Espargaro on the time sheets for the first time during the test, taking ninth place with a lap in 2m 00.804s.

The young British rider, who has utilised the test to adapt to Yamaha's seamless shift gearbox and the new rubber from Bridgestone as well as making improvements to the front and rear of the satellite YZR-M1, completed a full race simulation at the Malaysian track.

"We tried a lot of different solutions today, especially with the rear of the bike and tried to work the new Bridgestone tyres as much as possible," he said.

"I found a setting that I was much happier with, which made the bike smoother and let me ride the Yamaha how it should be. We definitely made the step with rear tyre performance, which allowed me to be much more consistent compared to the last Sepang test and last year's race.

"I did a race simulation, and am pleased as it was during a really hot part of the day, so not perfect in terms of track conditions," added Smith.

"At the end of the day, after 70 laps I also did my best time. There are many positives, and I come away from here quite happy."



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