MotoGP » Bradley Smith seeking to crack the one-second barrier

"My goal at Jerez will be to get closer to the front, hopefully down towards 1-0.8sec off" - Bradley Smith.

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True - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 10:35 AM

Nothing against B Smith, I think he is a nice kid, but can someone just PLEASE tell me how he got this ride?
Why was he picked for this ride, based on what criteria was he the pick?


March 19, 2013 10:48 AM

How has he got this ride? Through many years of being a consistent GP finisher, race winner and biting his tongue when his Tech 3 Mistral obviously wasn't up to the job.

There's nothing wrong with his times/pace and I think it's quite likely that as he adapts to the bike he'll be back in front of the Ducatis and sitting on the tail of Bradl. I think that's all you can ask from the kid?

Yes Yes Yes Leave Me Alone

March 19, 2013 10:51 AM

He got picked for the ride because he's ridden for the team for two years - and clearly impressed them. He's beaten any team-mate they've put with him, and achieved podiums and fastest laps in Moto2 on a bike the team openly admit isnt the best out there - if they think he deserves it, who are we to disagree?! He's a smooth clever rider too and will crash much less than Cal this year!


March 19, 2013 11:15 AM

@ True

I had that fight on this site the WHOLE of last year! I don't understand how ANYONE could choose him over Scott Redding?!?!? I guess he could surprise, but he doesn't seem aggressive enough...

Ray Goodyear - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 11:36 AM

Give him a chance - hes performed perfectly well so far in training - at least as well as Rea did on the Honda. Why should Redding be given the chance ahead of Smith. Redding has been in Moto2 for 3 years and still not won a race.

Stuart - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 12:19 PM

@Yes Yes Yes Leave Me Alone

Not true. When he was on the Aspar bike (which had good riders) he was beaten every season.

"His bike was inferior to Terol's"
No it wasn't it. He wasn't as fast, get over it.

He's the new Colin Edwards. Good equipment, average results.

James Warren

March 19, 2013 12:31 PM

I think fair play to him, he's a young lad living the dream with a Premier Class Ride on a near to factory Yamaha so why not get behind him, he's had solid seasons on Moto2 so there's no reason why he can't steadily progess in MotoGP.

And ahead of the Ducati's at Sepang and in the top 10 is nothing to be stiffed at either. I think he'll be another Cal, steadily improving, learning from crashes as he's getting used to the brakes/power etc and creeping up the order to run consistantly in the top 6 in maybe a season or 2.

Prove all these doubters wrong kid!

pp916 - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 1:38 PM

Why did he get the ride? Because Herve Poncheral clearly sees in him something worth supporting.....its his team, he can do what th fu*k he likes when it comes to rider choice.....and Yamaha don't seem to be complaining.

If your preference is for another rider then raise the funds, set up a team and support to be easy, right?

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