Bradley Smith is ready to hit the ground running at the opening round of the MotoGP World Championship following an encouraging sequence of winter tests.

The young British rider used the final day of the Qatar test under the floodlights to complete a race simulation on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 in readiness for the opener at the Losail circuit on March 23.

Smith clocked the third quickest time with a lap in 1m 55.027s as he finished behind Open class rider Aleix Espargaro and his Tech 3 team-mate Pol Espargaro, shrugging off a small spill at the beginning of his long run.

"Overall, I am really pleased with how the winter went for us. Today at Qatar, we decided to do a race simulation at 10pm, which we thought was the best time to compare to the race weekend," he said.

"We made some alterations midway through and I was able to go out again with the same tyres in the final fifteen minutes.

"I am feeling happy with what was achieved here and this means that we are definitely hitting the ground running. The next step is just some slight fine tuning," added Smith.

"The desert is always a bit unpredictable but we are prepared. We have done a lot of very good laps, and I am really excited for round one."



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