MotoGP » Bradley Smith chooses Moto2 over MotoGP

"I've decided I will stay in the Moto2 World Championship and push really hard for the title next year" - Bradley Smith.

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m - Unregistered

September 06, 2011 12:20 PM

Good move, in my opinion. He clearly has the pace and skill to win races, but he needs to develop more of an attacking instinct to try some overtakes from those 4th and 5th positions. Changing to a new bike and a new format probably wouldn't help that.


September 06, 2011 12:21 PM

This is a risk as Moto2 is a real bear pit and a quality rider doing well one season can for various reasons do badly the next (Redding, Iannone etc etc), and team mangers have very short memories. If you want to get into MotoGP and get an offer to, take it regardless of your readiness or ability, the offer probably won't come again due to changing circumstances. I feel here though that Bradley was never explicitly offered the ride so has decided to make the best of what he's got.

watch out cal - Unregistered

September 06, 2011 12:43 PM

a better choice for bradly indeed, WELCOME eugene to moto gp 2012,hes only had a few months to adapt to a 1000cc R1,so adapting again to an 1000cc M1 wont be too bad, as hes not totally engrained into wsbk 1000s yet


September 06, 2011 12:43 PM

A good decision in my opinion. Bradley will definitely be in MotoGP sooner or later so why the rush.

I think he will have gained enough knowledge in Moto2 this year to do better next season and maybe even push for the title fingers crossed.

cm_73 - Unregistered

September 06, 2011 12:43 PM

Is this the right decision?. I hope it is, but I have this nagging feeling he should have taken the motogp ride as even if it doesn't go quite to plan there is a route back to moto2?. With very few seats ever avaliable in motogp will the offer be there next year?.

Although the decision might have been due to funds?.

So who will get the vacant seat now?......


September 06, 2011 12:43 PM

@ Sweeble

My understanding is that Smith WAS offered the ride (he said on the BBC that he was told it was his if he wanted it) but that since that time circumstances have changed a bit and that other riders have come into the frame. Most particularly Dovizioso, who could be instrumental in Tech 3 getting factory equipment if he was to sign.


September 06, 2011 1:07 PM

Seeing what has happened to Toesland and Crutchlow would give any Brit pause and at his young age a wise decision. But he will have to shine next year in some fashion I would think to be ready to pick up the pieces of some other GP rider's failure.

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