MotoGP » Bradley Smith - Q&A

"There was cheating going on inside Moto2 this year. We were not one of those teams and we suffered for it" - Bradley Smith.

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sloppyfngz - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 4:18 PM

Wow, sour grapes from BS. Simon kicked his ass in 125cc, and that was because he ahd a better bike (although in the same team). MM kills the field and its because he cheats. Guess Pedro and Lorenzo are cheaters too.

sloppyfngz - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 4:23 PM

Check the speedtraps at, Aspar said he s seen MM's telemetry (he could see it while Aspar rode suters) and that there s no cheating, just a rider that is in a different league from the rest opf the field. Opened the gas harder, faster and earlier than anyone else, and had a much higher corner speed. Accusing others of cheating is lame. Fact is he s had a champion bike in 125cc and didn 't win, and he ll have the 5th best bike in mgp next year. Let s see what he does then and who he blames if his results are not up to what they should be.

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 4:42 PM

Smith spent 5 years in 125cc riding on competitive factory equipment and won only 3 races during that time. Not impressive an impressive record compared to other riders. He is a known quantity in terms of talent, and while he is a decent and solid rider, he is unspectacular and unlikely to wow people his performances....


November 29, 2012 5:00 PM

Posters getting mouthy about BS as usual and saying he's slow & rubbish. Well, I bet he's a lot less slow than any of them by miles!
All you naysaying soothsayers - why not put a sock in it with all the bashing, and lets give the lad a chance to actually race eh? In racing, the odds are always stacked far more in favour of a rider failing than succeeding, so its an easy way out and good odds to say BS will fail now isn't it? Big shots? Nah, just big mouths IMO.
As for the 'cheating' thing... I doubt whether BS would have said anything if it wasn't common knowledge within the paddock (even if it can't be "proved").
All I'm saying is give the guy a chance.

RG500 - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 5:03 PM

Smith doesn't have the talent to ever be a top rider no matter what bike you give him. He'll do his obligatory two years with Tech 3 and then be scrounging around for a CRT ride. They should have given the ride to Redding. He has a lot more spark

Really disappointed in Smith for slagging the guys who were faster than him. It's already been well proven the Marquez bike had an off the shelf quickshifter(that anybody can buy), that only cut the spark, not the fuel injection. This gave the bike better drive off the corners as there was no lag in the fuel delivery... plus there are huge advantages in setting up the gearing correctly.The team used very different gearing. Methinks there are some really smart guys in the Marquez pit. Shame on Smith for being a sore loser.

iohjnlkn - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 5:07 PM

@Ian "...hardly a fair challenge as one of them is a midget (MM) on a full factory bike and one a normal sized human on a satellite machine."

Sigh. Perception really is reality, isn't it? From the official MGP site, Marquez is actually bigger/heavier than Stoner, Dovi, Pedrosa (obviously), Barbera, Aoyama, and is on par with Bautista. Midget? Really?

Also, as someone else has pointed out, the race weekend top speeds are readily available on the MGP site. Some of you prefer to not look at actual numbers, probably because you'd notice that only on two occasions was MM's bike the outright fastest, and both times were by pathetic margins. Once, it was by only 0.1kph.

Sounds like Bradley attributes his success to his own disposition, and blames his failures on situation. Conversely, he views his opponents in the opposite light: their achievements based on "cheating".


November 29, 2012 5:45 PM

Well, watching the race footage and seeing just how fast MM's speed was on straights, I'd venture that the fact he didn't have a lot more 'fastest' scores was more due to the placement of the recorders TBH.

You can clearly see that MM on the Moto2 brakes earlier (poss his style & the way he sets up for a corner) than many of his rivals - Esp, Iannone, Redding and others could all be seen to be later and harder on the brakes and outbraking MM into corners in many races.

I think that if they moved the traps further up the straight that (thought the numbers would be of course smaller) that the outcome of whose bike was fastest would be very, VERY different and MM's name would feature prominently.


November 29, 2012 5:52 PM

Regardless of how fast MM is on the MotoGP bike over a lap, then (just as was levelled at Crutchlow for failing to despatch Dovi) he won't be overtaking any of the other guys on fast bikes too easily in 2013.

If his style is the same as it seems on the Moto2 and he doesn't adapt to MotoGP's need to maximise the carbon brakes by hitting them very hard, very late, then unless he can outdrag pedro to the 1st corner and stay there he could find it pretty hard to make places.

Bradley of course has to do the same - however the fact that he's had to spend all last season on the mistral trying to make it all back on the brakes, maybe that might just halp him (a bit) to adapt to MotoGP's demands?


November 29, 2012 6:29 PM

The examples of cheating being given are not world class events. Of course you had 350cc engines in the 250 class a club level. Other dodgy practices went on all the time in lesser scrutinized events. But we are talking about MotoGP and Moto2. Please give me an example of somebody even being accused of cheating and then the scrutineers not giving the OK at world level. I bet not a single "expert" on here can quote one in the history of the World Championship. In Moto2 the engines pass scrutiny and are then sealed. So how do you get past that? No answers? Didn't think so! If the bike gets a podium position then it is weighed after parc ferme. Unless the mechanics are magicians they can't do much there. So where do these miraculous cheats occur? I stand by what I said, there is no cheating and has never been in World Motorcycle racing as far as I can remember which is a lot longer than most of you have been alive.

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