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It did not feel mechanical for me and I could control it. Driving your car for instance with ABS or traction control, when you brake you feel a judder and it's that feeling I get when I open the throttle. It's telling you, you are on the limit and so hold that throttle position and away you go. We are constantly meeting with our data guy to plot it around the race track all the time, and also as the weekend evolves.

You may need more at the start of the weekend when the track is slippery and less when the grip improves. There will be corners where you want the rear wheel sliding to help you turn and others where you don't want it to slide at all. You also have three different traction programmes while you are racing, which are activated by a switch on the handlebars.

It's not always a crash saver and you can't win races because of it, but it's a warning. It is a great aid to help you understand where the limit is and of course it makes racing safer. I don't feel it has made racing boring and we don't use it on every corner and probably just twice per lap when you get on the throttle too hard.

You still come out of the seat, but it does not throw you over the top which in my option makes for better Championship and stops the top riders getting injured. The last thing you want to see is riders getting hurt and the Championship contenders sitting on the sidelines.

I had a great time at Disneyland in Paris on the Wednesday before the grand prix with the likes of Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso, Randy De Puniet and the Espargaro brothers. I loved it and every 22 year old should go back.

They create an atmosphere that brings a smile to everybody's face which is a really cool thing to do just before a race weekend. Donald Duck would have probably won the race in that rain on Sunday.


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Bubba - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 2:01 PM

I think people on here are too harsh on Bradley. If it wasn't for Marquez also moving up he would be Rookie of the Year this season. At the end of the day Bradley finished in front of Valentino Rossi and didn't fall off his bike in his first wet Moto GP race. What more can you ask?

Jones - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 2:13 PM

That was a good solid ride from Smith after a bad start he was second from last I think, & up to thirteenth after three laps. Also I think that this is a good & informative blog, and that these bashing Smith posts are well past their sell by date & should just be deleted now.

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