MotoGP » Moto2: Marquez from Smith in Motegi practice


Marc Marquez fastest during Friday practice (2) for the Japanese Moto2 Grand Prix at Motegi.

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Jon M - Unregistered

October 12, 2012 9:40 AM

tpod, did you read the bit about the top 17 being within 1 second?
That's the beauty of Moto2, close racing all the way through the field.

Last time out Bradders could've just as easily have won or come 6th, and with only a second between the top half of the field it is no shame even if he was to come 10th... ..as chances are the next 9 are
within spitting distance!
Yes the cream always rises to the top and we should be expecting the fast guys to be stepping onto the podium but Moto2 is packed so full of talent on equal machinery it isn't always so clear cut.

kma - Unregistered

October 12, 2012 10:05 AM

Impressive time from smith on a bike that has had just a fraction of the development that marquez's bike has had.
I'm hoping he will shut up all the doubters next year!

cs27 - Unregistered

October 12, 2012 10:51 AM

made it to 2nd position following pol all the time.and commentrators praising him " therez nothing wrong with follwing anybody"
and when others do " he didnt made that lap himself.he was following blah blah blah"
same ol excuse for bradley " his bike has no development"
when redding makes a podium " oh man..he is so fast even with a operated wrist"
and when he doesnt " he has the weight disadvantage"

sokudo - Unregistered

October 12, 2012 2:18 PM

Admire Marquez's obvious talent but the one thing that always bugs me in all motorsports, the guys who show the most talent early get the best rides. Then those rides get developed to a much greater extent than the others and to me, this actually stunts the development of the rider because they don't learn to deal with adversity in races and often, these young guys end up with a sense of entitlement which hurts their psychological development (in terms of racing). Seems off topic but worth mentioning.

As for the times, good to see Bradders up there. I hadn't rated him that highly but upon learning the uncompetitiveness of the Mistral he's riding, fairplay he has been going great at the tail end of the season, a reflection of a very good development rider.

pcxmac - Unregistered

October 12, 2012 6:04 PM

put Smith and Marquez on opposite teams/interests/bikes and watch Smith walk away with the championship.

I loved watching Marc almost take someone out and then almost spill it in FP1, the guy believes he owns the track when he doesnt even own his own bike.

Trailblazer - Unregistered

October 12, 2012 8:53 PM

Well done to both Bradley and Scott in FP2, really enjoyed the session.

People might bitch about Bradders following Pol, but to be fair he was the one that chased Bradders down during that run. Made for great viewing.

I think the person most aggrieved by Bradders was big brother Esp, his reaction made me chuckle.

Hope at least one of the Brit lads can get on the podium on Sunday...

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