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Smith: “It takes your breath away!”

Smith: “It takes your breath away!”

A positive first day for Bradley Smith at the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, ending as the second highest placed Yamaha.

Bradley Smith took the initial steps to prepare for Sunday’s 27-lap race at the Phillip Island circuit, working hard despite sometimes difficult conditions. Free Practice one saw several small spits of rain force riders back to their pits and would eventually end the session several minutes early. Smith pushed through the first early spits and spent the session adjusting the base setting of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1, the fast and fiery Phillip Island circuit acting as a perfect cure for jet lag. Improving his performance in the final sector became Smith’s main aim for FP2.

Grip appears to be a problem for many of the MotoGP™ World Championship riders this year in Phillip Island with bumps also beginning to re-emerge after resurfacing. The Brit now eagerly awaits Saturday practice and Qualifying, pleased with his 1’30.032 which granted him eighth overall.

Bradley Smith: “It’s great to be back at this superb circuit and overall, it has been a quite positive opening day of action. First thing is first though, the nature of this track is very fast so this morning was a massive wake up call because when you go into corners like the first and the third, as well as the back straight, it takes your breath away! It’s exciting to ride but it certainly awakens you even more at 10 in the morning! It took me a bit of time to adapt to this, but in the afternoon I got up to speed. We really focused on trying to improve my performance in the last sector of the track in FP2 as I believe that it will be very important to remain consistent in this area in the race.”

“However, we are still struggling there a little bit, but we’ll continue our work on this tomorrow as we aim to find some more stability and grip. In any case, we are not too far from the front, which is positive especially considering that we had a few difficulties, so I’m convinced we’ll have a good base to start from tomorrow. So I look forward to jumping back on the Yamaha again and then clinching a good grid position for Sunday’s race.”

MotoGP, 2015, PRAMAC AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, FP2, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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