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Smith: “We achieved a lot”

Smith: “We achieved a lot”

Bradley Smith was happy with his day's work on Thursday at Phillip Island after working on his front-end setup and finishing in 10th.

Smith built on his result of third place yesterday and lapped tirelessly as he carried on his preparation work by testing setup options and Michelin tyres. The young Briton clocked his personal best lap time on his final run, which saw him just half a second from the factory Yamaha of Valentino Rossi. Smith set a 1’29.992 on his 75th lap to end the day 0.861s of the pace of the man at the top Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar).

The final day of testing at Phillip Island kicks off at 9.45am local time on Friday.

Bradley Smith: “It was a long and thorough testing programme today, but I feel we did what we had to and we achieved a lot. There were a few things that I wanted to follow up from Sepang and I’m pleased to say that the outcome is positive and they seem to work here. Therefore, heading in that direction with the bike setup will be key for us. We focused on the front-end setting as well in order to make the bike more stable in high-speed corners. Phillip Island has a lot of fast corners and we tried to find a bit more safety and balance so I could commit further and ride a quicker lap time. Michelin brought two different spec front tyres that the factory guys already tested in Malaysia and I finally assessed these. To be honest, I definitely felt that they allowed me to cut my lap time. Yet unfortunately there aren’t many of those tyres available here, therefore I don’t think there will be many to use tomorrow. Still, it was useful to sample them in order to confirm our direction and we will have more of those tyres in Qatar.

“It was a shame that some of the track time was cut due to the red flag and the rain in the morning because I was hoping to run a race simulation. These are vital to our testing programme because it allows us to be clear about my feeling with the bike at the end of a GP. Of course, the Yamaha handles differently as the race distance progresses so by testing this factor here, we gain experience and knowledge, which we can use when the season kicks off. However, I’m happy with what we achieved, even though I think 17:45 came around too quickly! Lets see what happens with the weather tomorrow and we’ll continue to try and progress a bit more with the front end setting.”

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