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Smith: “The front of the bike is the most critical area”

Smith: “The front of the bike is the most critical area”

Bradley Smith’s fear about his lack of testing at Misano turns out to be unfounded as he ends Friday’s practice in eighth overall.

When the morning session began, the British rider wasted no time in analysing the resurfaced track as he made the initial adjustments to his MotoGP™ bike in preparation for Sunday's race.

The Briton dug deep and after completing 18 laps, his best was a 1'34.266 which left him in 8th and fully primed for the afternoon session. After undertaking continuous progress throughout FP2 with the setup of his Yamaha YZR-M1, Smith ultimately shot across the finish line with a best lap of 1'33.595 that saw end the day once more in 8th.

He ended the day just 0.043s behind his teammate Pol Espargaro. Smith will be looking to build on his excellent qualifying performances recently that have seen him start from the second row in the last three races.

Bradley Smith: “It was a good start overall today here in Misano and there are plenty of positives to think about tonight. One of the main plus points is that the Yamaha YZR-M1's are strong here even though we were the only manufacturer who missed the test here earlier this year. I must admit that I was a bit nervous about this, but having said that, after the performances from Vale and Jorge last year we knew that our bike would be competitive.

Today we tried all three front tyre options and both of the rear compounds and now we have a clear indication of which direction we want to head towards for the rest of this weekend. The front of the bike is the most critical area at this track due to the nature of the circuit and the hard braking; therefore the front compound choice will be vital for the race. In addition, we need to continue our work, as there is a compromise to be made between braking stability and turning of the bike. Yet overall, the new surface is an improvement and not quite the step up that everyone was talking about but for sure it's a lot better for performance and for the safety of riders, which is the most important point. For tomorrow, I hope to continue this positive form and clinch a top grid position for the race on Sunday.”

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, FP2, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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