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Smith: “It does feel a bit strange after riding the R1”

Smith: “It does feel a bit strange after riding the R1”

Fresh off his Suzuka 8 Hour victory, Smith returns to business at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix after a busy summer break.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith ended the opening day of practice in ninth overall. Smith has had a strong start to the 2015 MotoGP™ season and has every intention of carrying his form on. The day ended for Smith with a 1’33.474 having completed 24 laps, the most of any MotoGP™ rider. There's still room for Smith to improve, especially in regards to his one lap pace.

Bradley Smith: “It’s been a good start to the weekend and obviously, it’s great to be back on the M1 again. I have to admit that it does feel a bit strange after riding the R1 so much during the summer break, but I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do this weekend. We began quite well and I felt good today but unfortunately on my best lap in the afternoon session, I was slowed down by a couple of riders. After the result this morning, we did not panic, because we knew that the track would improve and this afternoon I felt much better on the bike. I was able to ride a really strong and consistent pace on the hard tyre as well as on the soft compound when we tried it at the end of the session.”

“The good thing is the consistency is there already, so now we just need to find the next step in order to go forward, but overall I am quite pleased with the performance. We are just inside the top ten which is where we need to be tomorrow morning, but I am confident that we can have a strong qualifying session, plus the track conditions will improve also. However, we will need to use tomorrow for the race setup because we probably can’t take too much information from today due to the lack of grip. Having said that, we are starting from a good base and that’s what counts for today."

MotoGP, 2015, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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