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Mixed feelings for Crutchlow and Smith

It was Cal Crutchlow who led the way for Monster Yamaha Tech 3, finishing sixth as MotoGP™ testing continued in Malaysia on Tuesday. However it was new teammate Bradley Smith who was most pleased, having continued to progress along the learning curve en route to a top ten placing.

“I wouldn’t really call it testing because we haven’t really got much to test, but I’m happy,” Crutchlow said in a motogp.com video interview. “We’re just going through the motions, but it’s difficult. The track conditions are really bad, so we’ve seen a few people crash today. Having said that, you learn on every lap with a MotoGP bike so it’s all experience.”

Smith will make his race debut in the premier class when 2013 season begins in Qatar. Today, he suffered a small incident as trying conditions tested the field.

“It was actually a really good day,” the 22-year-old reported. “The different track conditions made a new learning experience, so it was of benefit to me. Unfortunately I had a little crash towards the middle of the day, just losing the front in Turn 7 – it was my mistake, still being a rookie and trying to understand where the limit is with the tyres and the bike, at that point I just didn’t know and went into the corner too fast.”

Testing continues from 10am local time (3am CET) on Wednesday.

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MotoGP, 2013, Bradley Smith, Cal Crutchlow, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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