Bradley Smith endured another difficult day with the rookie crashing during FP2 after a day spent struggling with his setup and a lack of confidence in the bikes handling.
Speaking at the end of the day the British rookie told the assembled media that he wasn’t sure whether his finger injury was a factor in today’s crash but he did admit that he is struggling for confidence with the bike:
“Third crash in four days…it’s not a good run,” said Smith. “I’m not sure at the moment whether it is a case of being injured and compensating for the injury, or not having the power to hold myself in a certain position. I’m just not feeling at home [on the bike].”
It has been a difficult rookie season for Smith but he has shown signs of promise, such as making it through to Q2 as an automatic runner, but his crash at Mugello has blunted his progress. Smith went on to comment about how Yamaha has looked to evolve the settings of the YZR-M1 this year with other riders changing the balance and centre of gravity of their bikes:
“Yamaha moved away from the setting they had at the start of the year so we need to start moving towards that setting. It’s different in terms of weight balance and the centre of gravity and we need to try and follow that direction. At a track like this where you have to make the tyre work and I think that we’re not making it work. It feels like I’m riding on marbles the whole time. These bikes are so particular and if you’re riding it scared it knows; it’s like a dog.”