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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December 02, 2012 4:17 PM

@ JP

As usual, politics and finance have much to do with it. Smith was signed towards the end of 2011, when he'd had a relatively good year on the Tech 3 Moto 2 bike and showed he could adapt well to another class.

At the same time, Cal Crutchlow was having a fairly awful time and looked like he might exit the team at the close of 2012, depriving the team of their much needed Dorna subsidy for running a UK rider. So Smith was a logical choice for a replacement. That Cal stepped up his game so dramatically in 2012 was perhaps a development that made Smith's signing look - in retrospect - a little hasty.

The fact that #38 has personal sponsorship from Monster Energy (who fund the MotoGP team) and that his management team WMG have strong ties to Monster also figure strongly in the signing. It's not hard to join the dots once you glean something of the managerial/sponsorship situation.

rotsa ruck - Unregistered

December 02, 2012 5:02 PM

I'm not his biggest fan, but I tend to follow developing riders IF I see something that peaks my interest. Bradders started in 125s at something like 14. To be good enough at 14 to compete at world level is impressive enough for me to follow. After all, what were you doing at 14?

Again, who knows what he'll do on an M1. He was a scrawny kid when he rode 125s. He grew and gained mass while in Moto2. Seemed to me, that hindered his results this past year. Now that he's grown up some, I think the bigger bike is more suited to his size. Whether or not that translates to him riding it well is another matter.

Cal took an entire season to really acclimate to MotoGP. Iannone said the biggest thing is getting used to the electronics and the Bridgestone front tire. I'm sure that Bradders will acclimate to both in due course. His goal is to be in the top 6 in the latter part of the season. Not unrealistic really. So long as he doesn't high side himself to the moon in the process, his lea

JP - Unregistered

December 02, 2012 5:40 PM

Ok, thanks Don-R and rotsa ruck - it made it a bit clearer.
Ahh, money and politics! What would the racing scene be without it? (Fair?...)
Interesting with the cheating accusions though...
But it seams that Marquez picked up speed on the MotoGP bike really fast, so it maybe wasnt just the ECU etc...

MotoFraud - Unregistered

December 02, 2012 6:28 PM

Just read the rulebook...

Then how did the Repsol team end up modifying the software under Dorna's nose?

Dorna turned their face to the matter so they can create another ficticious idol for their show by giving him the best tools and screwing the rest of the riders.

If Dorna was serious about parity in Moto2 this would not be happening and they would have a weight rule and carburetors from the first time the series was created.

What a farce.

Brit Morale Supressor - Unregistered

December 02, 2012 6:38 PM

How the hell did we get here? GP used to great, and now it's a joke. With an average finish of 9th this past season, I don't know how this ****** even got a ride in GP. Between the Brits and the Spanish, I don't know who is worse. Gp is a wrecked, dysfunctional(mostly) European championship that isn't even that good anymore - unless you really like a parade. And now they're embarking on the new endeavour of wrecking WSBK. The national championship of Thailand is more entertaining than this sh1t.

Gypsy - Unregistered

December 03, 2012 4:10 AM

@ smokin
Not an ignorant comment at all
Anyone who can win 125 races....big deal
Colin Edwards won WSBK championships but never won a Motogp race in 8 years, even on a top bike.
Hardly made it to the podium.
Smith has never been competitive in the 600 class but crying cheats won't help him.
Motogp is way out of his league.
Maybe he should try Moto3, but ride Moto4 first to build up to it.

Bob Down - Unregistered

December 05, 2012 10:24 PM

WOW, so much negativity about this ride.
OK, we agree that maybe he is not up to the task based on his performance but surely people have learnt that Motogp is not about just skill anymore, so much more comes into play and if he has this ride then what he lacks on th track he brings in other areas.

If you keep looking for the golden era of racing to come back forget and move with the times.

Good luck to this kid, not expecting much from him but he's in so lets support him.

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