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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What a dud - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 6:47 AM

Smith on the tech3 makes motoGP weaker. If that's the best they could get then the series has issues.
The fact that crash gives him a blog is even stranger. Plenty of other riders that are actually of interest.

CRT - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 11:22 AM
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@ darkwaknight

The only violation in your long list of ranting that was cheating was Rossi's crew cleaning his grid spot. That wasn't a technical violation. None of the other instances you mentioned we're cheating. Get it?

Probably not.

sloppyfingz - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 11:45 AM

What is true is that some teams have shelled out cash to buy more engines. That s not cheating as it s observed in the rule book.

But even having said that, Marquez came, saw and win. First race of the year, all equal engines, Marc had had NO PRESEASON - no TESTING whatsoever, and whoops the competition one by one. HRC are no chumps and have signed him for a reason, this kid is real and he ll win races from season 1.


December 01, 2012 2:02 PM

@ iohjnlkn "The traps are placed so that they measure top speed, which is a better indicator of motor. Wheels are straight, riders tucked in, throttle pinned - no special talent needed here. In this scenario, MM's bike is proven to be very average."

Oh come on. Just watch the footage! And I'm not saying move the Speed Traps back far enough to affect things as you say. Eurposport commentary many times extolled that the traps often only caught the very latest braker's speeds due to their position as far close to the corner as possible - moving them back less than 50 metres on an 800 metre straight might well tell a very, very different story about top speeds. Given the footage shows MM is far from being the hardest, latest braker then its no surprise that the Traps don't record him being fastest at that point. Again - WATCH THE FOOTAGE & then deny that MM's bike was a missile!


December 01, 2012 2:54 PM

Darkwaknight. They are not breaking the rules except for Rossi who I mentioned in my very first post on this subject. They are within the rules that might or might not change if the powers to be think it is an unfair advantage. That is the whole idea of prototype machinery. You read the rules, interpret them and build the best you can within your interpretation of the rules. If your interpretation is wrong then your bike fails scrutineering. If your bike passes scrutineering then it is legal but still subject to sour grape complaints from other teams. It is up to the other manufacturers to find out what clever engineering is giving an advantage and copy or protest against it. It happens in MotoGP and Formula 1. Some good ideas have been banned as cost prohibitive such as the oval pistons from Honda. When Honda introduced them they were legal within the bore and stroke regulations. When the FIM altered to rule to only allow circular piston they then became illegal. You still have yet t

rotsa ruck - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 8:51 PM

wow. so much hate for bradders and he hasn't even turned a wheel in a MotoGp race yet. how about we wait until the season starts before we start spewing on about how he's gonna suck or cheapen the series by being there. no one here knows what the season is going to bring. it could be that those slagging him off will be proved right...but he could just as easily prove everyone wrong. some guys qualify poorly, yet race really well. others just need the right quality of bike under them and suddenly they ride like a completely different rider.

Smokin - Unregistered

December 02, 2012 9:15 AM

Gypsy, what an ignorant comment. Anyone who can win 125 races and put an underdeveloped Moto2 bike on the podium could never be accused of lacking riding talent. Whether he makes it at MotoGP remains to be seen.

I personally believe it is likely that by mid-season the Tech3 team will be as strong as it has been this year. Cal has more to come, and I believe Smith will settle in to the big bike. As I say though, it remains to be seen. Looking forward to finding out.

JP - Unregistered

December 02, 2012 9:16 AM

Since I nowadays mainly follows WSBK since Dorna and uncle Carmelo (urk..., sorry - vomited up my breakfast over the keyboard)has turned the GP scene into some spanish soap opera, I havent kept up so much about this Bradley-kid.

Could you UK-guys update me what he has done earlier?
Was he dominant in the domestic series, or what?
Because it seems so strange that Ponchral signs him up so early for a M1-ride when he practically has won nothing?
Or does Herve sees and know something that the rest of us dont?
Or has Bradley just strong backning - filthy rich parents?

Would be intressenting to have a better view of why he got the tech3 M1 ride, there are a bunch of racewinners and podium regulars that dont get a chance on a proper MotoGP-bike

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