MotoGP » Bradley Smith:

Unlocking the package

I've been studying Jorge and Valentino and they sit very still on the bike and are able to ride in one position and don't have to change that. Right now I feel I have to move round on the bike to be searching for something. All that moving around makes the machine more unsettled and there is your tenth in every single corner, which over 15 corners puts you one and a half seconds back.

This is not where this bike's limit is, but unfortunately right now we are not unlocking the key to the package. If you are nearly crashing while one and a half seconds off the pace it means that something is not right. If I was not having any moments and just riding slow I would my hands up, but when you are that far off the pace and still having crashes and big moments something is wrong.

We are not at the limit of the Motorcycle but at the limit of the package, but on Monday there were some hopeful signs.

We came back more towards my base setting with some specific changes for the track. I changed the riding position and that definitely helped me. Maybe not so much on new tyres but definitely on worn tyres and with a full fuel load because more of my weight was over the rear.

I also tried the new Bridgestone hard tyre and they have done a great job and I am really impressed with the performance of it. I am excited to try it in the future because normally we can't use the hard tyre because of edge grip, so they have taken a good step forward

I'm confident we've found the key to unlock the package the bike deserves and Aragon will give us a real indication we are heading in the right direction with five races to go - fingers crossed big style.


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September 18, 2013 3:50 PM

Well - I LIKE his blogs, & I like his honest self- appraisal and analytical style - what he says makes sense and shows he's got plenty north of the eyebrows too. As for being privileged - well he ain't alone there. Hardly anyone without serious help gets a shot - maybe the last was CS, and his parents threw everything into it and gambled BIG to get him there. Some posters forget as well that while BS has a satellite bike, its a parts-bin special compared to what Cal has, let alone what VR & JL run. Allow for the kit Bradl & Bautista get & at BEST he's got a bike that might achieve a 6th/7th, & maybe its really only as good as his results. We cant know. Its NOT a level playing field FFS, and we cannot compare BS as a rookie with MM where he has the best of everything. Some posters should engage brain before knuckling on their keyboards I think.


September 18, 2013 1:09 PM

Don, You are certainly right that Bradley is lucky. Bike racing is accessible to all at club level, but certainly not at National and above. Sadly we Briits are fishing from a smaller pond than other countries. Give you and other bikers a year on a GP bike and chances are you will still not be competitive at club level. Unless you are hugely exaggerating to make your point then you clearly don't appreciate the level that anyone on the GP grid is operating at. I raced a few years at club. Reasonable top 10 but never going to win anything. It made me good enough to thrash just about anyone on a track day. The guys winning the club races would get thrashed by national riders, and the national riders would usually get thrashed by international riders. The standard that Smith is operating at is staggering compared to your regular rider. I don't think many people realise that. He may or may not make the final step to be able to get the best out of a prototype, but unless you are MM or

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