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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Al t - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 6:18 PM

Give Brad a break. No one slagged off Jonny Rea when he rode the Honda this year, and upon first getting on it he was around 3 or so seconds off the pace. He did as Bradley did rode sensibly to get aquainted to it and then progressively brought the times down. Marques has and always will get the best machinary (deservidly so) but people under estimate Smith. And when he was at Aspar there was the engine performance issue that he had with his bike, that only cleared up allowing him to be more competative, once his Spanish team mate in a Spanish team had won the title. We all know all things are not equal, in motogp or life. But give Brad credit where its due.

please - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 7:32 PM

Hopefully one of these rookies will win a race for the first time since 2008. And they better at LEAST be on the podium for the first time since 2010!!! I feel like the latter should be no problem though.

oddyMob - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 8:39 PM

glad to see the Brad fans out in force!

Not a bad start, lets remember that Ianonne has already ridden the GP12, and who knows whether Marquez has had a go on the RCV previously, but lets face it, the boys an alien.

And due to changing conditions its impossible to know when the hot laps went in and would be interesting to see a lap by lap breakdown, as Brad is generally consistent

But a steady start, bring on Sepang!

tomcol - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 8:51 PM

Agree with cm73, Redding has won nothing in 3 years of moto2 and dont go on about his size. There have been plenty of big riders. Plus hes now on a Kalex. No excuse Im afraid.
Its too early to say anything about Bradley, other than hes closer to the front runners than Rea was on the works Honda.


November 15, 2012 10:11 PM

Interesting isn't it that those who tested only completed a few laps in less than ideal conditions, but there are plenty here who know how next season will finish.

So there you go boys, there's no point racing next year. The pundits on this forum have already decided the complete 2013 championship table.

samh - Unregistered

November 15, 2012 10:26 PM

I'm not sure why anyone would be giving him any s**t...

Don't forget in 2009 he came second in the 125cc championship beating the likes of Espargaro, Cortese, Terol, Bradl, Marquez, Iannone, Redding, etc, so he can't be that bad.

Yeh ok he did have the best bike but still.

He knows all the tracks and he's definitely quick so I think he will do very well next year.


November 15, 2012 11:10 PM
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@Al t makes a good point. There are plenty who raved about Rea being over 3 seconds off the pace in testing as if he'd be challenging for the win in his first race. And Rea was on the full factory mount.

Nobody is expecting Brad to be a winner straight out of the box, so don't criticize him because he isn't.

rusjel - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 2:28 AM

Well done Brad I'd say, that's more than respectable for a first outing.

However I'd say crazy joe's debut on the Ducati was even more impressive, given the reputation of that machine.

Wouldn't it be fantastic to have Dovi and Nicky up dicing with the aliens and the Pramac boys right in there with the Tech3 mob and Bradl?

Astro - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 9:04 AM

Brad has talent, do people not remember the rides he was putting in on the 125cc honda when if you didnt have an aprilia you were nowhere? 2nd in the 125cc world championship? Come on guys give the lad some support.
Should Scott Redding be on the bike instead?? Why? What has he actually done more than Brad to deserve it? A better season yes, but if Brad had been on the MarcVDS bike this year with Scott, hed have had his pants down.

( And im not in any way saying that SR doesnt deserve a motogp ride, but if he does then BS does for sure )

sakkie - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 10:27 AM

Smith will be out on his ear by the end of 2013. He's in way over his ability level. He's a nice kid, even for a ginger, and I wish him all the best, but even so it's not going to be pretty. Plenty of falls, poor results and lots of excuses will be the order of the day.

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