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Smith: “Things were very positive for us on track”

Smith: “Things were very positive for us on track”

Bradley Smith ends the opening day of practice for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan in fifth and as the second highest placed Yamaha.

An incredible start to the Japanese GP saw Bradley Smith end Friday practice in fifth, not only beating his teammate but also Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) on the factory bike. Race setting was Smith’s first and main aim of the day and a solid base was found during FP1, the Brit and his team using FP2 to refine the setting. During FP2 Smith and the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 outfit also began to assess different tyre options. Smith’s best time of 1’45.250 came while using the harder rear tyre option, filling him with confidence for Sunday’s contest.

Motegi’s famous hard braking has typically not suited the Yamaha MotoGP™ machine, but both Smith and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) have found a setting that works well. Smith has already had great success in Japan, taking the Suzuka 8-Hour victory earlier in the year and winning the electric minibike race ahead of the GP. The Japanese GP has both Smith and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) split by just 0.191s as they fight for fifth in the MotoGP™ World Championship.

Bradley Smith: “Firstly, I enjoy coming to Motegi because it is always good fun due to the Japanese fans and seeing the amount of passion that they have for MotoGP. With regards to today, things were very positive for us on track. We did a really good job with making the bike as stable as possible which was our main focus today because this is very important here due to the circuit’s hard braking points. In addition, we were able to run a lot of laps on the soft rear tyre and with the modifications we made, I am quite confident that we will have a good pace at the end of the race on Sunday.”

“Overall, I am very pleased as my time put me in 5th, and I am especially happy as I completed that lap whilst I was using the harder rear tyre, so this shows that both compounds are working well. For tomorrow, the main aim is to work more with the softer rear option because I believe that this will be the race choice so we will continue in that direction in order to be able to close Yamaha’s home Grand prix with a strong result.”

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