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Smith: “We improved one and a half seconds from yesterday”

Smith: “We improved one and a half seconds from yesterday”

Big steps forward for Bradley Smith after a tough first day at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana.

A difficult opening day saw Bradley Smith floundering outside the top ten, but big steps by both Smith and his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team saw the Brit head directly into Q2. During the important 15 minute Q2 session Smith went straight to work, setting a time of 1’31.012 which was only a second slower than Jorge Lorenzo’s (Movistar Yamaha) perfect pole lap. This time sees Smith start at the back of the second row, but crucially ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) as the pair battle for sixth overall.

Having already mathematically secured the unofficial honour of top satellite, Smith is out to continue his strong season. In every race this year Smith has scored points and has ended the majority as the top satellite rider. Continuing both will be the Brit’s main aim on Sunday, though he will have tough competition from Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), the pair having produced several close battles in recent races. Tyres remain a big question mark for all riders in tomorrow’s race, but Smith and his Tech 3 team feel they have a solid idea of which combination to run.  

Bradley Smith: “Obviously, I am very happy with my qualifying position for the last Grand Prix of the year. It was a really great performance by everyone involved and this was highlighted by the fact that we improved one and a half seconds from yesterday. As soon as we got going this morning, I felt much better with the bike and I was able to run consistently. In FP4 we tried three different options for tomorrow’s race so we have a good idea of which direction we need to head towards with the hotter conditions. At this circuit, especially in the morning, the track grip and bike performance is different compared to when we run in the afternoon. Anyway, for qualifying, I’m really happy with what we achieved as to be on the second row is important at such a tight and twisty track like this one. Furthermore, the lap times were close today and for sure, they will also be in tomorrow’s race. So all in all, I am pleased and the result in qualifying sets us up with a great chance to end the season in a positive way.”

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MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Q2, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, #ValenciaGP

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