MotoGP » Bradley Smith:

Valencia finale

I've certainly learnt from my mistakes and I'm the first person to admit I've tried too hard and overstepped the mark on several occasions and have paid the price.

I'll make no excuses because I will always push for a result and put in that extra effort. I finished seventh in the World Championship and finished on the podium three times and next year I will be looking for a lot more before stepping up to MotoGP in 2013.

Luckily for everybody in the Smith family at home I will not have to wait too long before testing the new bike with three days scheduled at the end of November in Jerez. It is about as far south as you can go in Europe and so surely the rain will stay away.

Before then I will be up at MotorCycle live at the NEC in Birmingham on the opening and closing days and so hope to see you there.

Rain is still pouring down, but I going out with my Tech 3 team for a big end of season meal tonight which will lift the spirits. They have been fantastic to work with. Thank-you to them and to all of you for your support this season which has been truly amazing.

My thanks to you all will come with the effort and focus I will put in to bring you the results next season that your support deserves.


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MM - Unregistered

November 08, 2011 11:40 PM

Who knows how competitive the Tech 3 Mistral chassis has been through the season compared with the FTR, Kalex or the 2012 Suter for that matter? Tech 3 haven't done as much testing as some other teams, particularly one that everyone can mention. At the start of the year, quite a lot of people here were saying that Redding would leave Smith for dead but no doubt they were just part of Redding's "well oiled publicity machine." Smith has outperformed his team mate(s) at most races this year. After being forced wide and crashing out on Sunday he remounted and rode to the end. The fallers also included plenty of non-UK riders, including the new world champion, so full marks for effort. It might help if Crash was able or willing to get more insight into the team effort behind racing to give better understanding of why a rider's peformance can vary dramatically. Although riders have their favourite and bogey circuits, when they have a bad weekend it's not because they've forgotten how to ride

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