MotoGP » Bradley Smith:

California Dreamin'

However, I never really found confidence all weekend at turn one. It was an absolute eye opener. Sixth gear, throttle wide open and both wheels off the ground plus wheeling and spinning over the hill and a bit of head-shake at the same time. I'd never experienced anything like it before apart from my motocross days, but the difference being I was not doing 165 mph. The track was great fun and I was able to adapt pretty quickly and just loved the downhill Rainey Curve.

Off the track the season is getting more and more surreal. On the Tuesday before Laguna I went with Valentino Rossi to the Yamaha's headquarters in Los Angelis. I had a great day with him because he included me in everything he was doing and made me feel very welcome which was not something he had to do.

In a pinch-me-to-believe-it moment on Thursday I went to a party at Wayne Rainey's house near the circuit. I was just so happy to finally meet such a great World Champion and be welcomed into his house and hear him say he'd been following my progress this season and I thought I was doing a great job was such a confidence boos, because you don't expect guys like that to be paying attention to your season.

I sat down with him and he went over a few things and then I got the same encouragement from both Kenny Roberts and Kevin Schwantz to make it such a special evening.

I'm going to stay in the States for the next three weeks and be a bit of a tourist. Still to make a plan but Vegas is on the list. You have to go there to witness it once and now I'm 22 years old I can gamble.

I'm also hoping to do a Yamaha riders day and also get to the X Games because I've been such a big fan for years. Then it's back to work at Indianapolis and the start of the most hectic and exciting three months of my life…


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July 24, 2013 4:32 PM

I don't see that there's a valid comparison to be made with Crutchlow's first year in MotoGP. Cal had not been to most of the tracks before and was racing in the pre-CRT era. The 2013 M1 is also far more competitive and closer to factory spec than the 2011 version was. If one were to look for a benchmark, a better comparison would be with Stefan Bradl - a rider with similar experience and who was on a comparable level of machinery in his rookie year.


July 24, 2013 8:13 AM

Nice one Bradley, keep on improving in the second half of the season and hopefully you can start to qualify and finish in the top six regularly. You have the equipment so i am hoping for the best!

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