Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team rider Bradley Smith showed his determination to finish in 8th position on the second day of testing at the final pre season outing. The young British rider dug deep throughout the session under the floodlights to post a top time of 1'55.648 after completing a total of 49 laps around the Losail International circuit. His result left him fractionally behind 4th position with a gap of just 0.148 as he continued to improve by cutting his lap time by three tenths of a second. This leaves the 23-year-old rider fully charged and primed to resume his performance tomorrow in the final day of testing.

Meanwhile Pol Espargaro shot to 9th position after a rapid run in the desert, leaving him with a best time of 1'55.658, which was only 0.010 behind his teammate. The 2014 MotoGP rookie of the year successfully addressed the front end issues that he faced yesterday and completed a total of 46 laps, as he set his best time mid way through his day on the 29th lap. His leap in performance was illustrated by notably cutting a whole second from his time set yesterday. In addition, his result was a blink of an eye behind 5th position by a mere eight hundredths of a second, which leaves him confident for further progress tomorrow.

Bradley Smith
Position : 8th Time : 1'55.648 Laps : 49

Smith - Sepang - 2015"We had a really busy day today as we had to work through a long check list that we were given by Yamaha and the task was to confirm different ideas, both positive as well as lesser ones. Sometimes when you do these kind of tests you feel as if you are losing some time, but actually it's very important as you might discover a modification which may help in the future. I'm happy the pace was there today and I was able to improve my lap time from yesterday. I managed to save one set of tyres which will enable us to do a long run tomorrow as well as my practice sessions, so now I need a good rest and I will then go for it again. I believe my bike is 95% there, we may just need to improve the balance of the Yamaha a little bit in order to have even more corner speed which is our main strength, but all in all I'm pleased."


Pol Espargaro
Position : 9th Time : 1'55.658  Laps : 46

Espargaro - Sepang - 2015"Today has been much more positive than yesterday because we were able to solve the issue with the front tyre which we were struggling with on day 1. In addition, we manage to work through our testing schedule where we evaluated several settings that we were not able to try at Sepang 2. As soon as we put in the second tyre option from Bridgestone at the beginning of the session, my confidence with the front of the bike improved a lot and the adjustments we made afterwards increased it even more. Later on, we worked mainly on electronic setups such as the anti wheelie and I'm really pleased with how the day went. Even though we didn't concentrate on the lap time at all, it's nice to see that the other Yamahas are less than two tenths away which means we did a good job today and I can't wait to get back on the bike tomorrow afternoon."


Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Bradley Smith fought the dusty track conditions on the opening day of the final pre season test in Qatar to finish in 9th position as the start of the 2015 campaign draws closer. The young British rider jumped back on his Yamaha YZR-M1 and set 43 laps as he undertook a shake down and reconfirmed the setup options which he established in Sepang. Despite the track surface being sprinkled with dust at the beginning of the session, Smith got to work in the desert and produced a best time of 1’55.954 on his 41st lap. This result left him only four tenths of a second back from 3rd and the British rider optimistically looks to make further steps forward tomorrow.

Meanwhile on the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 garage, Pol Espargaro concluded the first day in 14th after posting a best time of 1’56.615, which he set on his 31st lap. As the sun set, Espargaro battled onwards and tirelessly ran a total figure of 50 laps, the joint highest number completed, whilst undertaking adjustments to his Yamaha YZR-M1. The young Spaniard will be back in the saddle tomorrow afternoon where he will intend to bridge the gap to the leading MotoGP riders as there are two additional days of testing left at the Losail International circuit in Qatar which is the scene of the opening race on the 29th of March.

Bradley Smith
Position : 9th Time : 1'55.954 Laps : 43

Smith - Sepang - 2015"It’s very nice to be back at Qatar which is a track that I enjoy and I have had some good results at in the past. Overall, I am quite satisfied with my performance on the first day and to finish only four tenths from third is positive. We didn’t change the base setup which we were using in Sepang, aside from a few small modifications which were necessary, so we know we did a great job in Malaysia. Today I concentrated on undertaking long distance runs in order to prepare myself for race situations with the overall conclusion being positive. For sure, there is a bit of a gap to the front but the riders who were using a softer tyre obviously had an advantage because the grip level was low, as it always is on the first day at Qatar. However, this is likely to improve in the next two days and when this happens we will have more grip especially in the corners which is where our strengths are, so I feel confident about lowering my time further and moving up the field."


Pol Espargaro
Position : 14th Time : 1'56.615  Laps : 50

Espargaro - Sepang - 2015"It was a tricky start to the three day test in Qatar and to be honest, I didn’t feel as comfortable as I would have liked to as the conditions were strange and I wasn’t totally happy on the bike. The main issue was the front feeling as I didn’t have a lot of feedback from it. Because of this, I couldn’t feel how hard I was braking nor could I gauge the level. It was truly challenging but it could be because of the different compound of tyre that we used, which was not the same as last year. However, tomorrow we will try the other tyre option which is closer to what we used twelve months ago. There are still two days left, so we remain positive and I am sure we can make some steps forward."



Pol Espargaro - 2015The Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team is delighted to pull the covers off the 2015 Yamaha YZR-M1 and present the new race colours that Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith will ride to glory in for the 2015 MotoGP World Championship which begins in a few weeks’ time.


Bradley Smith - 2015After the long winter period, the final pre season test began today at the Losail International circuit in Qatar, where the championship kicks off on March 29th. Espargaro and Smith will take their prototype MotoGP bikes to all corners of the planet in the 18 round season and for the next 240 days, the riders will cover 2,109 kilometres in race distance before finishing in Valencia, as they battle for top honours.


Monster Yamaha Tech3 would like to thank Monster Energy, Dewalt, Stanley, Facom, Reale and Motul as well as its other partners for their involvement, which allows the team to contest in its 15th year in the fastest motorcycle World Championship in the world.


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