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Bradley Smith cannot hide his delight at being back on his M1 after a productive days testing that saw him finish in 15th.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Smith set a 2.03.026 after completing 55 laps around the Sepang International circuit, despite a minor crash at the final corner in the morning. The British rider set about his testing task with vigour as he got his hands on his new machine, with is similar to the M1 that the factory team were using last year, but with a slightly different seamless gearbox. In addition to this Smith, along with the other riders, was collecting valuable data about the new Michelin tyres and Spec ECU for his team, and was pleased with his days work
Testing resumes on Tuesday at 10am local time in Sepang.
Bradley Smith: “I am pleased to be back after what has been such a long break. I rode a lot of laps today and we did some solid work. Unfortunately I fell at the last corner, however in a strange way, I’m pleased to get my first crash of the year over and done with! It was my fault because I was trying to understand the front tyre, as it is a new style and we were intending to find where the limit is. I was experimenting with this in the hard braking corners and in the last turn I went onto the dirty side of the track and then unfortunately fell. Besides that, we had some small issues today which forced us to make a few changes with the electronics as well as the engine. As a result, we lost a bit of time but I was still able to make a comparison between last seasons’ electronics and this year’s so now we have a clear indication of what we need to do next. Michelin have done a convincing job so far and they’ve brought two compounds of front and rear tyre that are working well here, so they’ve made a significant step from last year at the Valencia test. If you look at the Yamaha riders, it’s clear to see that Jorge and Vale are running well, but I’m sure that once we have had a bit more time with the 2016 electronics, we’ll be able to improve and climb up the rankings. Anyway, I rode 55 decent laps today and now we have a solid plan and a good base to carry on with in the next two days.”
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