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Espargaro and Smith inside the top three on first day at Valencia

Espargaro and Smith inside the top three on first day at Valencia

Pol Espargaro continued his impressive form from the weekend on the opening day of testing at Valencia by finishing in second place.

Following his successful fight to sixth in the championship standings this season, the 23 year-old got to work instantly for next year with perfect weather conditions at the Valencia circuit. He undertook 49 laps and focused on testing new electronic settings on his updated Yamaha YZR-M1 as well as new front suspensions. The outcome was highly positive for the 2013 Moto2™ World Champion, with a best lap of 1’31.118 that was only 0.143s from first place.

Espargaro commented, “This has definitely been a positive start to the new season for me as my rhythm was very consistent and in the low 31's which is a big step forward in terms of progress when looking back to last year. Our quickest lap at my first MotoGP test here for 2014 was a 1.31,5 and at the time it felt incredibly fast. Our main aim today was to work on the new front suspension and the electronics which we got from Yamaha and overall, I'm really pleased with my feeling with the bike. However, we still have a busy test schedule ahead for the next two days but I'm convinced as well as excited on improving even more.”

Meanwhile, Bradley Smith kicked off preparations for 2015 in a highly competitive manner by finishing the first day of testing right behind his teammate in third.

Smith said, “Today was a really strong start and the great thing was that we got to try the new 2015 bike. To be honest, we just used a base setting and didn’t experiment too much with any modifications as I just wanted to run on the bike in order to understand it more. I was also able to test a new Bridgestone rear tyre which worked well and we tried some new electronic parts and upgrades from Yamaha that were also positive. There were no negatives today and in fact we have already improved the lap time from qualifying as well as consistently riding in the 1’31’s. We undertook some really productive work, but there are still two days left so we will see what happens tomorrow. If it rains it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing as it will give me the chance to test the new bike in wet conditions.”

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