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Smith: “I really enjoyed myself in the wet”

Smith: “I really enjoyed myself in the wet”

Bradley Smith had fun as he finished as the leading Yamaha rider in third after a rain-affected first day of testing in Phillip Island.

The first day of the Phillip Island test proved a bit of a damp squib for riders and teams, as rain throughout the day meant that track conditions were constantly changing.

Despite the tricky conditions, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s British rider seemed to enjoy himself and impressed once more to set the third fastest time. He managed a 1’32.590 using slick tyres on his 27th and final lap of the day as the track dried late on. This was just 0.826s off the pace of the leading rider Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) and saw him finish almost half a second ahead of the leading factory Yamaha of Valentino Rossi in sixth.

Day two of the Phillip Island test kicks off at 9.45am local time on Tuesday.

Bradley Smith: “To be honest I’m quite pleased with how today went. It goes without saying that the weather interfered a bit, but it was actually quite positive because it meant that we could really focus on the small details whilst we were waiting for the rain to stop. The electronics take a lot of time to adjust, so having some big breaks due to the weather meant that we could do this and there was no stress or rushing. When I went out onto the track, we knew that we only had a handful of laps and I had to really concentrate so that we could narrow down the right choice of setting. The good thing is that I have quite a positive feeling already, even if it’s only after 7 or 8 laps in the dry, which is very important as I struggled here all weekend last year. In addition, I really enjoyed myself in the wet and had a lot of confidence riding in it, which is a big plus. It looks like the base setting that we worked towards in Sepang is performing well here already, albeit with a few small adjustments. This proves that we are heading in the right direction at the moment and hopefully tomorrow we can gain more valuable information with some dry laps.”

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MotoGP, 2016, T1, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, #AusTest

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