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People keep telling this season is all about character building. I'm sure they are right but it's all very frustrating and definitely not a great deal of fun at the moment.

Without a doubt it's the toughest period of my grand prix career, but we will get through it. I've come back from injuries in my motocross days and with everybody working so hard to get the bike more competitive we will turn the corner.

When the season is going well you just breeze through it. This year after just five races it feels like we have been racing for five seasons.

When the results are not going my way I will always try to pick out the positives. Grand prix motorcycle racing is all about results but it's important to understand why they are not coming.

Finishing 12th in Barcelona at the weekend was so disappointing, especially with the next round my home grand prix at Silverstone. However there were some positives to work on before my most important race of the season.

Spanish rider Jordi Torres replaced the injured Xavier Simeon in our Tech 3 team and it was good to hear what he thought. I was starting to worry that both myself and Xavier may be becoming a little bit stagnant with our thoughts about the bike but Xavier agreed with everything we had been saying.

He is riding with a Suter frame in the Spanish Championship and so it was a good comparison.

We all agree the bike is really good on the brakes and entering the corner but it's coming out where we have the problems with the exit and top speed. I wish Xavier a speedy recovery and also congratulations to Jordi who did a great job adapting to a new bike and the Dunlop tyres.

We hope to have some new parts to help with the aerodynamics at Silverstone which should start to solve the problems.

Former 250cc World Champion Olivier Jacque came to Barcelona to help. He went out to many different parts of the track to look at the problems first hand. His advice was great input for both me and the team.

I've also been having a real good look at myself and have been going out on the track during MotoGP practice to look in from the outside and also get an idea what to expect next year. Everybody wants this project to work and I want to leave Moto2 at the end of the season leaving a competitive Mistral machine with my stamp on it.

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M1M - Unregistered

June 05, 2012 8:39 PM

I can't see the point of having Smith's blog here, NOT because of anything wrong with the blog itself - in fact it would be good to have more rider blogs, but given the typical responses, why would anyone bother? The information is wasted on people who have very short memories and are unable to make any connection between differences in results and differences in machinery. Do these same people think Redding has suddenly improved as a rider since this time last year or have they noticed that he's on a completely different bike?

No Clue - Unregistered

June 05, 2012 8:25 PM

That Tech 3 Moto 2 bike is junk. Danny Webb was in the cometary box at the weekend and said whenever Bradley was on track, he was wringing the neck off that bike and not getting very far. Sliding into corners and pinning it everywhere. Give him a Suter chasis. You guys think all Moto 2 bikes are equal? Look at the results over the past few races and see what bikes the leading guys are on! Go Bradley!

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