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More work completed for Bradley Smith, the Brit sticking to the hard compound even before the soft was withdrawn.
Having had little chance to test the Michelin tyres and Magneti Marelli electronics during the 2015 season, the three-day Sepang test looked to be a busy time for Bradley Smith. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider got straight to work on Tuesday, continuing to assess the hard compound tyres. Towards the end of the day Smith was able to improve his best time, always lapping on the hard compound, eventually setting a 2’01.107 to end inside the top ten. Another area of focus for the satellite Yamaha rider was the electronics, Smith and his crew working to resolve issues with the new system. Wednesday will see Smith continue to focus on his feeling with used tyres, a vastly unexplored area on the new Michelin rubber.
Bradley Smith: “Today was constructive and I am pleased with what we accomplished, but we still need to do more tomorrow. We ran all day on hard tyres, which wasn’t our original plan yet, after using this compound at the end of the yesterday, we decided to carry on with it this morning and then finally, we were all forced to use the hard tyre after Loris Baz crashed. Anyway, we used the 2016 electronics all day and worked well on finding solutions to some of issues we have had yesterday and now I feel a lot more confident with them. For the race distance, we need to do a bit of work.
“Here in Sepang, it’s obviously hot and slippery so we have to focus on building a bike that is consistent for 20 laps. At the moment, my pace on one lap is quite fast but if the tyre starts to drop, I want to be able to feel a bit more comfortable than I do now. We also tried a couple of different chassis configurations today and gained some interesting information, but although we didn’t find anything better than what we have, we have a clear program for the future. Tomorrow we will see if we can do a race simulation. I would like to do a lengthy run in order to get some fitness as well as a good idea about the performance of the tyres and the electronics over a distance. So hopefully we can run for as long as possible and have another positive day to close the test.”
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