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das boot

June 06, 2012 5:02 PM

No doubt none of us here could keep up with Bradley, but that's not the point being discussed, the point is can Bradley keep up and smell the exhaust of the current prototype racers in MotoGP. My guess, at present is he will be somewhere back where Karel Abraham has been running. I have no hate for Bradley, I've met him and think he's a top notch bloke, just not ready for a prototype in GP.

CRT - Unregistered

June 06, 2012 5:33 PM

Moto2 and Moto3 do not race @ Laguna. Throw Smith in as a wildcard and see how he does. For S&G's go ahead and make it a factory bike while we are at it.


June 06, 2012 7:03 PM

@ Don-R

It remains to be seen since none of us really know what the stipulations of the contract are. He is going to be embarassed in GP!

@ BC

That's a tired and antiquated approach to these discussions. Just because we can't ride at the same level does not mean that we can't be critical of one rider in relation to "HIS DIRECT COMPETITION".

johnny - Unregistered

June 07, 2012 10:05 AM

Seriously, I think Herve probably knows a little bit more than us, and seems to be picking his talent wisely. Personally, if I was BS with a contract in place, I would probably be slightly less committed and avoiding injury so as not to scupper my one chance at the big time, as it will be a one chance.
Can he do it? WHo knows, But I seem to remember a certain Aoyama being heralded as the next Japanese GP god...hmmm and a certain Mr ELias being given chance after chance, so dont knock the kid yet, shoot him down when he crashes every race of his first season.....although that didnt do a certain Mr Stoner any harm either lol

das boot

June 07, 2012 4:27 PM

Your point of letting him have his chance to prove himself by having him ride a prototype and then show what he's got, would be a good point when we had a ton of prototypes in MotoGP. But the sad truth is there are only a handful of prototype rides available, and honestly there are other riders out there that have proved themselves much more worthy, by way of results. This just reminds me of when they (probably the Japanese) pushed for Takahashi, to ride in GP, and the results just were not there.


June 07, 2012 4:37 PM
Last Edited 1342 days ago

@ johnny

Seriously? You brought up Elias and Aoyama, but failed to mention the critical differences between the two of them and Smith. Elias WON A 250CC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2010 PRIOR TO ENTERING MOTOGP IN 2011. Aoyama WON A 250CC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2009 PRIOR TO ENTERING MOTOGP IN 2010. THAT is all the difference! At least both of them produced the results to warrant the move despite not doing well in the premier class.

das boot

June 08, 2012 12:02 AM

Technically Elias won the Moto2 championship in 2010, prior to coming back to MotoGP in 2011. Where he found nothing but trouble on a Honda, and has since ran back to Moto2, where he's currently in 12th place overall with a best finish of 7th.

Your point is still valid, Elias won the mid-class championship, before going back to GP. Historically the champ of 250cc and now Moto2 tends to move up to GP, at least for a year. Bradley's really got to show more before deserving a ride in GP.


June 08, 2012 6:43 PM

Herve Poncharal - is this the same chap whose chose double WSBK champion James Toseland to ride in his Tech3 MotoGP team?

Perhaps he doesn't always choose so wisely.

Incidentally, Smith has won 2 fewer championships than Toseland and only won 3 out of 101 WC races, Toseland 16 out of 165 before entering MGP.

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