Smith pleased with opening day


bradley-smith-laguna-seca-FP2-2013Bradley Smith was content with the tenth fastest time of the day at Laguna Seca. The Tech3 rider felt that taking the time for a trackday at the Californian track beforehand was key to allowing him to adapt to riding it on a MotoGP bike:
“I’m real happy I came here before because I’m not second guessing anything,” commented Smith. “I know where I’m going, I know where the banking is. I know which corners you can afford to miss and where you can afford to go in early and which ones not.”
When asked how riding a road bike compares to riding a MotoGP bike Smith joked that, “You run out of room really quick and the straight is a lot shorter!” 
The Englishman went on to discuss some of the issues that he had over the course of both sessions:
“The hardest thing getting temperature in the right side of the tyre. I was getting more and more confident but when Abraham went down it was a reminder that the right hand side is something to keep an eye on.”
Having set the tenth fastest time Smith is on course to make it through to Q2 automatically and he said afterwards that is his target from now on:
“Tenth today was really good and 0.7 off the guys at the front. Obviously depending on the weather tomorrow morning we could theoretically go straight through to Q2 which is our target from now on.”
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