MotoGP » Smith 'confident for future' after MotoGP debut


Bradley Smith finally gets his chance to ride the Tech 3 Yamaha at Valencia, the young Briton 2.2secs off the ultimate pace.

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The Bad Guy - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 11:53 AM

He didnt look really strong on the Bike IMO,deffinatly needs to do some training in the off season,If he's smart he will stick with Cal and try to get in on his training routine.

Astro - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 12:31 PM

Brad will do just fine.

Cal's Valencia test time from the 2010-2011 time was 2.3 off the pace so hes better than on par - and BS didnt throw it down the road.

The bike he has been on this year and last has been a dog and damaged both his reputation and confidence.

Stick with it Brad

Mr Mon - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 1:04 PM

The kid really gets up my goat, I know that's wrong and I'm a Pom, though live State side these days but really, he hasn't shown the right stuff to ave this ride this year, for me another Pom should have got it but as they say, money talks

Smokin - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 1:38 PM

I probably shouldn't be surprised that Smith gets a bashing on here, but now it really is getting silly.

All the facts about the Tech3 Moto2 bike being behind the others in terms of development are fairly well known, but still debatable to an extent. What isn't debatable is a very good opening test for Smith. As some other posters have wisely stated, his times for a first test are as good, if not better, than comparable times from Crutchlow, Bradl etc. He led the wonderkid marquez for most of the session, and even then was not far behind on time in the end (Marquez arguable benefiting from a drying track and better tyres....oh and a works bike).

It is one thing for the haters to look silly based upon slightly unknown quantities (the Tech 3 Mistral), but entirely another for them to be ignoring the facts relating to his first performance on a MotoGP bike.

Oh, and the bit about money talks.....perhaps it will surprise some to know that Redding and Espargaro are also well backed.

CRT - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 1:47 PM

So when test times do not suit our rider it's "just testing", but when they shine a positive light it means something?

Brilliant.

Much like Crutchlow, Smith has done FA to be in Moto GP. Crutchlow on the other hand proved that he belongs in Moto GP. Smith is still up in the air.

What's done is done. Yes, everyone and thier cousin knows Redding should be here and not Smith. It is what it is, get over it already. Making predictions is pointless. Smith could be the next Stoner, who knows. Instead of getting your panties in a bunch how about waiting until the kid has some races under his belt?

Smokin' - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 1:54 PM

As you wisely say, let's wait until he has some races under his belt. I wasn't suggesting testing times matter, only that they are the only evidence so far on Smith's ability to ride the big bike and so far so good.

It would be great to see Redding in there too, perhaps 2014.

CRT - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 2:06 PM

@ I wasn't suggesting testing times matter, only that they are the only evidence so far on Smith's ability to ride the big bike and so far so good.
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This is where we will have to agree to disagree. The test times have proven aboslutely nothing. Conditions were constantly changing, riders were pussyfooting as to not fall off. There was zero pressure on any of the riders.

IMO this test turned into nothing more than a glorified track day (one I would give my left testicle to participate in mind you).

My original comments were not really directed towards you, sorry if they came across that way.

cm_73 - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 2:20 PM

Getting a bit bored with the Scott Redding deserves this more banter, he does not I'm afraid...yes better season this year on a much improved bike, but last season he was nowhere whereas Brad was on the podium 3 times...the same season he signed to ride the yam.

Its a well known FACT that Tech 3 don't have the budget or resources of Suter or Kalex so are up against it from the word go.

Give the guy a break, he did limited laps yesterday and didn't get carried away and throw it up the road.

Lets see what happens in Sepang.

Smokin - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 3:09 PM

I've participated in pre-season testing/racing at club level and all track time is good time in the seat, and generally the times relative to each other are an indication of how the season will roll out, but far from conclusive, plus handling a MotoGP bike in the dry on full chat really changes the game! (at least I should imagine, 'cos that level of racing wasn't even in my dreams ).

No offense taken CRT.

CRT - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 4:27 PM

@ Lucas

If you think a WSBK or WSS machine is anything like it's road production machine I have some bad news for you. They have more in common with prototypes then they do production machines.

Hayden, Edwards, Spies, all came from "prodcution" machines, and have had succesful GP careers.

A 125 and Moto 2 bike have about as much in common with a 1000CC GP machine as an R6 WSS bike.

In short, your comparison is pointless. It's a matter of talent level. Gun to my head I would say Cal has it over Smith.

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