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Optimism High For Teams Home Round In Le Mans
Posted by: newsla on May 05, 2014 - 03:40 PM
Optimism High For Teams Home Round In Le Mans

The Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team embarked on a thorough test today at the hot and sunny Jerez circuit and achieved confidence-boosting results for both Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith.


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Pol Espargaro completed a highly constructive post race test to finish in 7th position. He completed 68 laps around the 4332 circuit, highlighting his eagerness to continue learning during his rookie year in the premier class. The 22-year-old Spaniard concentrated on front stability and the handling of the front tyres with his Yamaha YZR-M1, with positive steps being made in the right direction. A best time of 1.39,780 was posted by the reigning Moto2 World Champion to leave him in 7th position, as he heads confidently to the Tech3 team's homecoming Grand Prix in Le Mans.

Bradley Smith made a complete and in-depth test to several key sections of his Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bike and achieved encouraging results. The young British rider spent the morning session focusing on the electronics, before switching over to study chassis modifications. A small fall at lunchtime did not knock the British rider's relentless and rigid testing determination, as he walked away uninjured. The 23-year-old rider finished the test with a best time of 1.39,840 to leave him in 9th position, just two tenths of a second away from the top 5,which will be his aim for the Le Mans Grand Prix.

Pol Espargaro
Position : 7th
Time : 1.39.780
"I'm really pleased with the work we've done today because after the race I was doubting some of the decisions we had taken yesterday, and luckily this test day gave us the opportunity to evaluate the modifications we wanted to try, including the other tyre option we didn't race on. As a result, I would say we made a couple of mistakes during the weekend, but this can happen when you are inexperienced, the important thing is we cleared our doubts and put ourselves in a much better position for the upcoming races. Today I've been able to ride with a much better rhythm. We improved my feeling with the front end of the bike and also on new tyres with the full fuel load, and I feel altogether more comfortable. Now I'm looking forward to the all-important team's home race in Le Mans where I'm really confident I can put on a great show for the French fans after today's improvements, especially considering that we've already been quite close to 5th during the race yesterday."

Bradley Smith Bradley Smith
Position : 9th
Time : 1.39.840

"I was very keen to test at Jerez today as I wanted to try and improve on what we had started in the Friday practice sessions which helped me during the race. Overall I am pleased with what we achieved. The team and I tested a lot of different modifications, and collected a large amount of data with some changes working better than others, leaving us with a clear idea of where we can head towards next in terms of setup direction. We worked a lot on electronics this morning, where we definitely found something positive, and this afternoon on the chassis settings, which I feel we need to work on a little more and also focused on the engine management of the Yamaha. I am happy and confident that we will have a very competitive bike for the Tech3 Team's home race in Le Mans where I am sure we score a positive result."

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