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Smith: “We have a really solid base setting”

Smith: “We have a really solid base setting”

Bradley Smith ended the Phillip Island test in 13th on the combined timesheets, happy with the progress made with his M1’s setup.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Smith concluded the test in Phillip Island positively having made some encouraging steps forward after another committed performance on the final day, despite the intermittent rain. The inconsistent weather limited the track time, yet Smith powered through and continued to collect valuable data for the upcoming 2016 MotoGP™ season, with the next outing being the last pre-season test at Qatar on Wednesday 2nd March.

The British rider produced a spirited display and confidently completed 45 laps, despite falling midway through the day, although he was not injured. Smith finished in 16th, yet his time from yesterday places him in 13th overall, but only six tenths of a second from third, leaving him fully optimistic for the next test.

Riders and teams will be back on track for the final official preseason test in Qatar on the 2nd-4th March.

Bradley Smith: “We did a good job here in the past three days, although there are obvious signs that we have to do a bit more. I was a bit unlucky today because I did the famous turn 4 crash. This corner was beneficial for me in 2014 in the race when I got my podium but not today unfortunately! The good news is that I don’t have too much pain or any serious injuries and when I remounted, I was able to ride quite comfortably. Aside from this, it was a positive day, although it was a shame about the cold weather and the rain in the middle of the day, which affected our front tyre choice. Yet, we still got through our testing program so I feel confident enough to say that we have a really solid base setting as we go into the final three days of testing at Qatar. There, we need to reconfirm a few things that we tried here.

“The Phillip Island track is quite specific and the grip is also high, but Losail is very different and the grip levels are much lower. Therefore, it will be necessary to check everything that we discovered here in Australia. I am happy to say that the electronics are really positive at the moment and the team and I are doing a solid job in understanding that. There are still some areas that we need to work on, specifically with the acceleration, but that’s the same for everyone I think. I am satisfied with what we accomplished here, but we need to push harder next time because 16th is not enough for us and for our sponsors. Having said that, I don’t think the results matter too much at the moment, it’s when the season starts that it counts, so I look forward to carrying on the positive work in Qatar as we inch closer to the first race of the year.”

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MotoGP, 2016, PHILLIP ISLAND MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, T3, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, #AusTest

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