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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

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