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Smith: “It was a big day where I completed 71 laps”

Smith: “It was a big day where I completed 71 laps”

A positive first test for Bradley Smith as he samples the Michelin tyres and the Yamaha M1 he will ride in 2016.

Methodical as ever, Bradley Smith produced almost 140 of the Valencia circuit during the two day test as he sought to fully understand the new Michelin tyres as well as the machine he will campaign the 2016 season on. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bikes that Smith and teammate Pol Espargaro will likely start 2016 on are those which Movistar Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi ended 2015 on. While Smith didn’t feel any major areas of improvement, the new M1 was a more well rounded package and the Brit is confident of another year of strong results. Much of Smith’s success in 2015 was due to the extensive testing he did during the pre-season, a trend he is continuing in preparation for 2016.

Smith tested both the soft and hard Michelin compounds producing a best time of 1’31.694 to end the test tenth fastest, his time produced on a hard tyre as he had run out of the soft option. Although tenth overall, Smith was the third fastest satellite rider. This distinction is important as the factory riders were given a wider variety of Michelin tyres to test. After an action packed and successful 2015, Smith is ready to enjoy his off season break.

Bradley Smith: “We can be pleased with what we have achieved and it was a big day where I completed 71 laps as we focused on my new bike for 2016. The team and I needed to understand what sort of Yamaha we will ride next year, which in all honesty, was a big task as we had to go through everything thoroughly. This wasn’t necessarily to make things better instantly, but it was for knowledge which will help to prevent any potential issues in the future. After last year, we know how vital this is and hence, this is why I rode so many laps. In the end, we ran out of soft rear tyres so I had to use the hard compound, but I was still able to improve my time from yesterday even though the conditions were a bit tricky in the last hour here. In addition, we should only compare my lap time to the other satellite riders as we had just two front and rear compounds available, while the factory guys had more options to try. Altogether, I’m satisfied as it has been a positive day and we now have a very good understanding of the bike as well as a solid base to start 2016 with. It’s time to pack away my M1 for the winter break and I look forward to seeing it again in February!”


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