Bradley Smith Pleased with potential despite slow start
Bradley Smith finished the opening day of action last on the timesheets, but remains upbeat. He said: “The simple thing that I have to bear in mind is that the tyre most people did their lap times on will never surface in a race here, so why chase something unrealistic? I might as well work on the real problems now than try and solve the issues by throwing rubber at them to fix it.
“Right now, one thing that’s clear is when I rode at Tech 3 the bike was already refined, and you were already in the window. Now we need to find the window first! Once we find that we’ll move forwards – but I was pleased to see Pol set a good lap on soft tyres – it shows potential.”
Sam Lowes Not worrying about lap times
Sam Lowes finished his first day as a full-time Motogp racer not worrying about being second-from-last as he continues to refine his Moto2 style to suit the Aprilia RS-GP bike.
He said: “Blooming hell, the first laps after winter were fast! When you get back on a Moto2 bike after the break it’s fine but on this thing it’s a shock! The length of the break helped, too, though, because it helped me reset my brain.
“We’re moving in the right direction, and if you look at how I rode in Valencia I look like a completely different rider. I know what I need to do, and I feel like I can get to where I need to be now. The potential of the bike is very high, and if I look at how it works for me I know I can go well.”
Scott Redding Delighted to be back in action
Redding was delighted to get back to Motogp action. Getting the chance for his first proper test on his new GP16 machine inherited from Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso’s factory garage, he says progress is coming slowly but steadily.
“It was great to be back after a few months,” he said. “I didn’t really do much on the first day – just rode some laps, changed the set-up here and there, and just got comfortable. But I got comfortable right away.
“I feel the bike’s getting better – it’s just a little bit here and there with front feeling at the minute. When we looked at Bautista’s data, he’s getting more angle and more lean, and when I tried that last year it was a disaster, so we just have to play some more with the set-up to get that feeling.”
Lowes: Ònow a completely different rideró
Smith: Òsorting the bike is more important than lap timesó