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Smith: “Today has been a little bit frustrating”

Smith: “Today has been a little bit frustrating”

Bradley Smith ended Thursday in Qatar in 16th after only completing 14 laps, deciding to save himself and his tyres for the final day.

Smith wisely decided to preserve his tyres for the final session, where he will attack at full speed. Therefore he only managed to complete 14 laps on Thursday, setting a best time of 1’57.267 to finish 1.831s off the pace of the leading rider Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and on Friday he aims to close his preseason campaign strongly.

Friday marks the final day of official preseason testing for MotoGP™ with the action kicking off at 16:00 Local Time at the Losail International Circuit, before the season starts at the same venue with the Qatar GP on the 20th March.

Bradley Smith: “It goes without saying that today has been a little bit frustrating. We found ourselves in a position where we don’t have a lot of tyres available to us that work with my riding style and my bike. At the start of the session, we began with used tyres from yesterday just to see their character after having been heated up twice and I have to admit that I felt quite comfortable, but this was our first run. Later on the second stint, I wanted to try some new tyres so we put a slightly harder compound on with a new rear. In all honesty, I found it really tricky to ride close to a solid lap time. So, after pitting and assessing the situation as well as listening to other riders’ feedback, I decided that the best thing to do was to save our good tyres for tomorrow and put our efforts in then. The plan is to do around 60 laps and we’ll have to focus all of our energy into getting the maximum from the final session. Anyway, the general feeling that I had with the bike in the first run was positive, so we’re not far away from where we want to be. After some work tomorrow and hopefully a race simulation, we’ll be ready for the first GP of the year.”

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