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Smith: “We made some steps forward”

Smith: “We made some steps forward”

An incredibly positive day for Bradley Smith at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon as he completes a Yamaha top three lockout.

Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith carried his strong form from the San Marino GP straight to Aragon as he completed Friday practice in third on combined times, only beaten by the two factory Movistar Yamaha bikes. Smith produced a respectable 1’49.790 in FP1 to end the first session in seventh, but was determined to improve as he hunts fifth overall in the MotoGP™ World Championship standings. In Free Practice 2 almost all of the MotoGP™ riders improved their times and Smith was no exception.

A 1’48.318 from the Brit moved him to third in the session and third overall, a fantastic end to the day. In motorcycle racing confidence is a decisive factor and one solid result, as in Misano, can lead to many more. There’s still a lot of work to do, but Smith and Tech 3 are hopeful of continuing their form to Sunday’s 23 lap race. Front end stability is the primary area of focus for Smith and the team on Saturday, having already made significant improvements with the electronics on his Yamaha M1.

Bradley Smith: “It has been a positive start to the Aragon MotoGP weekend and 3rd is definitely a good position to close day one in. As soon as we kicked off proceedings this morning, I felt comfortable on the bike and I was able to quickly find a solid rhythm. Then in the afternoon, we worked more with the hard compound in order to evaluate the potential for the race. As a conclusion, the front is positive yet the rear is not quite as strong but it is still working well at this track. Moreover, we made some steps forward with the electronics regarding both the engine braking and the traction control which I am pleased about. So tomorrow, we will now work a bit more on the race pace and the setting in order to have a good performance for the whole GP on Sunday. Also, I would be pleased if we could improve the front stability in some corners, especially when braking on the maximum lean angle. Yet, to close the day in 3rd is a good start, so we will carry on our work and hopefully qualify on the front two rows.”

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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