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Smith: “Running in QP1 was never part of the plan”

Smith: “Running in QP1 was never part of the plan”

Bradley Smith is pleased to qualify down in ninth after a disastrous opening day at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix.

It was immediately back to work for Bradley Smith at the Malaysian GP, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider pushing as hard as he could for a spot in Q2. Unfortunately the Brit was unable to set a time to get within the top ten, forced to head through Q1 and use up valuable tyres. Smith was able to pass through Q1 with ease and was already fully focused as Q2 got underway. A 2’00.652 was his best time of the second session, good enough for ninth on the grid. This sets Smith up well to resume the fight for top satellite rider in the race, his main rival Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) starting up the grid in fifth. Ending in the points will be another goal of Smith's as he aims to continue his run of perfect point scoring finishes in 2015.

Bradley Smith: “I have to say that today as a whole went much better than yesterday and the end result is quite satisfying. The team worked really hard last night to give me a good bike that I felt much more confident with, so we have to say that we definitely made some significant steps forward as we found the best direction to head towards for this circuit. Of course, running in QP1 was never part of the plan, but actually I am pleased that I did as it gave us a bit more time to make some final adjustments before Qualifying 2. In terms of lap times, we partly closed the gap to the Factory Yamaha riders which is a real positive.”

“The pole time was very quick today and for sure, it was out of reach for me, yet when we compare our best lap to the other riders on the same bike, we were close enough. The most significant aspect about today’s result is that I will start on the same row of the grid as Dovizioso, who is my championship rival which means that I have a good chance of passing him on the run down to the turn one. We need to work a bit more on my rhythm in warm up, but I am confident about the race now as we definitely went in the right direction today. With a good start tomorrow, I am confident that I can get back into a position I want to be in and I will fight as much as possible in the 20 lap battle.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Q2, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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