MotoGP » Bradley Smith:

Opening my MotoGP account in Austin

The star of the show was obviously the winner Marc Marquez. I was not that surprised because nothing ever surprises me about Marc. It was also another great ride from my team-mate Cal Crutchlow who rewarded all the hard work and setbacks for the team with fourth place.

The Circuit of the Americas was not the only circuit I made my debut on in America. The previous weekend to the Austin race I went to the legendary Laguna Seca circuit in California for some learning laps on a Yamaha road bike before the American Grand Prix in July. It was awesome and what a track. Everybody told me the Corkscrew was the bend of all bends but I actually thought the next bend the left hand Rainey curve was even better. I can't wait to go back.

I then went on for a couple of brilliant days at Colin Edwards's Texas Tornado Boot Camp. We had such a good time riding dirt bikes, and laughing with Colin and some of his mates. Highly recommended for anybody who just wants a great time. Just ask Steve and Matt from the BBC but don't get Steve to show you the scars on his elbows. Once a road racer always a road racer.

The Texas experience has given me some real confidence going into the next round at Jerez in Spain. I can't believe it was four years ago I won my first grand prix there in the 125cc race. So much has happened since then but that's all in the past. My aim is to start that first day of practice quicker than I did in Austin and be much closer to the top ten in the race.

That's the next step on a very long ladder.


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Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga celebrate Suzuka win (pic: Yamaha)
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Pol Espargaro tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga ready for Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
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April 23, 2013 6:06 PM

I always feel so let down when I read Bradley's fantastic blog and then click comments...there are some idiots on here. Sure he's no Marquez but in the end there are 4 maybe 5 people on the grid this year that can win races. The rest must learn and build their skills. In the end he's got the seat, if he's got it he deserves it, end of. Herve saw something in him he liked and he didn't see it in Pol Espagaro or anyone else. I imagine it's more than just being able to go fast too. He's a very very smart kid, he always knows exactly why he crashed or couldn't quite push it hard enough. In the end he'll be a contender, just my 2c

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April 23, 2013 5:52 PM

i dunno why ppl like to put down world class riders. do u think u can do better than those guys? not everybody can be the race winner. whatever reason BS got the contract or any other rider is achievement, envy is a very bad quality. at least he spend the time to write the blog, i'd to read some more inside stuff from the garage, not what all know by the news

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