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PatrickD

June 05, 2012 10:11 PM

The problem that I have with Bradley moving up next year is that either Cal or Dovi are in the seat at the moment and they're both worthy of the place. Bradley might do well, but on what basis would you give him the place? because he's English, and not Spanish/Italian? A move to Moto3 would be more appropriate at this stage.

No Clue - Unregistered

June 05, 2012 11:57 PM

"The answer is a resounding NO! I doubt that Smith would even match Bradl's current success."

Based on what? His results this year? Take a moment to do some research and look at the results any others riding that chassis are getting. You are not giving a fair view of what BS can do. He must be tearing his hair out! Tech 3 have it sorted in MotoGO (same bike as the factory team) but their Moto2 bike is total pants.

Surely you must be able to see this? Or are you just going by results? If so, then why isn't Colin Edwards winning MotoGP races? He's on a MotoGP bike after all! See?

Realist

June 06, 2012 12:17 AM
Last Edited 876 days ago

@ No Clue

I've done the research. I've been very fair to Smith. He is NOT MotoGP caliber. Let's be frank here.......Bradl WON the WC last year (AND he's having a really good rookie year in the premier class). Smith wasn't even close! Smith can't even hang with Iannone nor Luthi.

P.S. Colin is irrelevant, BUT AT LEAST Colin won something TWICE. Yes it was WSBK, but he won something. The same can't be said for Smith.

TC - Unregistered

June 06, 2012 8:12 AM

People here keep saying it is his bike at fault so how come in 125's he was in a top championship winning team and was made to look second rate by two team mates who both won the championship, he could not get near either of them.

50thR1 - Unregistered

June 06, 2012 10:08 AM

I am sure that BS will NOT be in motogp next year. Inside the contract it was mentioned that he must be a regular top 5 finisher this year. And he is not. Good point in the contract. You should be of the very highest level to compete in motogp. BS is not

Don-R

June 06, 2012 10:39 AM

No, I don't think there are any performance clauses in the contract at all. Realistically, how could there be when Tech 3 can't guarantee to provide top-5 level machinery?

Smith has said that Yamaha would *like* to see him regularly in the top 5, but it's not a contractual requirement, And his contract is not with Yamaha anyway but with Tech 3. In fact in an interview for motogp.com, Smith states quite clearly that "it's nice to have that security there, knowing that the bike is going to be there regardless."

Rightly or wrongly, I think you'll find Smith is contractually guaranteed a MotoGP ride next year.

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