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"I'm being considered by Tech 3 to join their MotoGP team next season" - Bradley Smith.

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docc - Unregistered

August 16, 2011 1:52 PM

Would love to see him in motogp and he really does have more than enough talent for it...but maybe would be best to spend one more season in moto2 to let the teams get a handle on the new rules before making the leap...

190mph - Unregistered

August 16, 2011 1:58 PM

If Cal Crutchlow thought he was safe with a two year contract he might want to reconsider that following this annoncement. Will Herve want two riders - one a rookie and one in what would be only his second year - representing the team or will he want that old war horse to remain to help out the rookie?

It might be premature (again) to right off Edwards leaving MotoGP.


August 16, 2011 1:59 PM

A little wet behind the ears for a fire breathing 1000cc bike perhaps, and his selection would doubtless lead to howls of protest from the old heads around here as there being scads of other riders more "deserving" of the ride (you know who they are) but Herve seems to have a liking for the American/British racers at the moment--he rightly foresaw the debacle with
Elias--but I do think Bradly needs another year in Moto2 perhaps.

Sweeble - Unregistered

August 16, 2011 2:00 PM

I reckon Bradders is just about there. He's been a genuine front runner in Moto2, and the fact that he's not getting the wins could be to do with the bike. Either way, he's got the speed and experience necessary and when MotoGP oportunities happen, you've got to grab them with both hands.

Show me the money! - Unregistered

August 16, 2011 2:05 PM

Obviously a Dorna/commercial decision if it happens. Hasn't shown enough consistent pace in Moto 2 to justify the move and in my opinion hasn't even started to answer some of the doubts about his riding than have come from many years of top machinery in the 125's with precious few wins.

Formula One type allocation of seats to give him a Moto GP ride at the juncture and not good for the sport.


August 16, 2011 2:21 PM
Last Edited 1722 days ago

Well ,well, well

And to think people had a go at me when I said Cal needed to start getting some good results. Were there is smoke there is usually fire and there has been some smoke coming from Tech 3.

I don't think it's a stretch to doubt that Tech 3 will run a 2nd year rider that is barely out of last place this year along with a rookie next year that hasn't won a Moto2 race. Maybe they will but I have a stronger feeling they won't because it doesn't take a psychic to see that disaster ahead. The ball is in Cal's court - it's time to bring it home with some good results to cement his place for next year.

From some indications, Tech 3 and Yamaha are keen on Bradl. Smith is probably the back up plan if Bradl chooses not to go to Tech 3.

Agostini - Unregistered

August 16, 2011 2:23 PM

He will be eaten up and spit out by the big boys! Should hang on were he is and try and win d championship! A good place to start would be to try and win a race!


August 16, 2011 2:26 PM

Bradley, take this with both hands.
I thought Mike de Meglio was the business but you're beating him hands down.
Staying in 125 for another season didn't do any favours, so take this ride if it's on the table.

If it all goes wrong you can always move back to Moto2, but this is a career changer.

Ok, on paper Bradl is the obvious Moto2 candidate to move up- but look at what Brad is doing on the Tech3 chassis!
Herve also knows that Bradley has a strong fanbase and is excellent at PR- just what a team manager needs.
People doubted Karel Abraham but who's saying he doesn't deserve his seat now?
Brad, you can do it!

190mph - Unregistered

August 16, 2011 2:28 PM

Bradley has shown more determination and gutsy riding this year in Moto2 than at any time in the 125 class. He's shown time and again he has the pace to run with the best in Moto2 and his reaction after coming off in Sunday's race just shows how determined he is to be out there proving it.

If it wasn't for Clueless falling off in front of Bradley forcing him back to sixteenth positon i reckon Bradley would've had an excellent race. There were many (including myself) who thought Bradley would have his **** handed to him in Moto2 - we were wrong.

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