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Smith: “We completed 99% of what I wanted to test”

Smith: “We completed 99% of what I wanted to test”

Bradley Smith utilises a brief wet spell to test the intermediate tyre in Sepang, the only rider to do so.

With a staggering 179 laps completed, Bradley Smith leaves Sepang satisfied. Not only did the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider complete the most laps of any rider, he was also the only MotoGP™ rider to test the intermediate Michelin tyres. Furthermore he did a full race simulation, again the only rider to do so across the three days. With the MotoGP™ World Championship having 22 litres of fuel in 2016, this is yet another new element which riders will have to learn along with the tyres and electronics. During this extensive workload, Smith set a time of 2’01.107 placing him tenth on combined times.

Bradley Smith: “It’s been a good three days and we completed 99% of what I wanted to test which is a positive conclusion. I set a lap time that I was happy with yesterday, so today I decided to focus on race simulations and the handling of the bike when on a full fuel load. This was important as this season we are going to 22 litres of fuel that, of course, makes the Yamaha behave a bit differently compared to last year. We also thoroughly worked on the electronics in order to keep as much grip as possible when the tyre drops and by doing a race simulation today, I got to sample this first hand as well as learn the tyres behaviour in more depth. The results have given the team a clear indication of what they need to improve, and obviously, Yamaha can look at the data I’ve gathered so I am sure we can take advantage of this before we go to Phillip Island.

“I also tried the intermediate tyre today, which I had done in Brno as well, but this one was a different spec and it was closer to a full slick tyre. It obviously worked better in the wet conditions, but it’s no solution for real rain. It’s a bit of a gamble at the moment but I gave some information to Michelin and it will be interesting to see what happens in the future. Altogether it’s been a great three days and we leave Sepang with a clear direction of where to go next in order to progress. Already, I feel as comfortable as I did last year from a setting point of view and there’s still six days left to test.”

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