MotoGP » Bradley Smith:

Valencia and MotoGP debut

Former World Champion Loris Capirossi went out on my Yamaha and completed a few laps. His times would have been pretty impressive for a MotoGP rookie but it was Loris and not me out there. He told me the bike was fantastic which made me even more impatient to have a go.

My final race for the Tech 3 Moto2 team, on Sunday, certainly was not the way I wanted to finish my Moto2 career and say thank you to the team.

We struggled all weekend setting up the bike both in the wet and the dry on the new surface. We tried all we knew to sort out the grip problems but we went completely in the wrong direction.

The result was my worst qualifying of the season down in 22nd place. I just had no feeling on the bike and knew what a tough race it was going to be on the difficult surface and at a track where overtaking, especially off the racing line, is so difficult.

I had problems with grip on the sighting laps and on the grid my Crew Chief Tom and myslef hoped it might be down to the new tyres but it was not. The bike was sideways through the first three bends and I just had to grit my teeth and get on with it rather than crash.

I was so disappointed to finish out of the points and drop to ninth in the World Championship but it will not take away some great memories of the last two years with the team. We have had some great times together and I have definitely learned a lot.

I know we have made the Mistral 610 more competitive than it was when I joined in 2011. It was such a shame we did not get the results we anticipated this season but a massive thank-you to the team for the last couple of years.

Finally congratulations once again to Danny Kent for the brilliant win in the Moto3 race and I have certainly left the Mistral 610 in good hands with Danny and Louis Rossi joining the Moto2 team next season.

They are joining a great team and I'm sure will come up with the results.


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November 14, 2012 5:49 PM
Last Edited 356 days ago

Good lad, praises from those who know (not crashtards) saying he took to it well and looked smooth. Small reminder...Stoner was something like 4 seconds off the pace in his first lets not write anyone off yet

al t - Unregistered

November 14, 2012 7:46 PM

Very positive start with the times going continually in the right direction. I think people underestimate Bradley, and should listen to those in the know who highlight the lack of development of the moto2 bike.

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