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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March 20, 2013 7:18 AM

@ why not

Rossi exposed at Ducati?? Are you smoking something? Ducati are the ones who have been exposed! Rossi is at the top on the Yamaha and Dovizioso who was fighting in the same lap times as Crutchlow last year when he was on the Yamaha is now 2 seconds behind on the Ducati! Rossi, whether you like him or not, has 9 world champions and millions of followers. That equals cash in terms of sponsors, bike sales and ticket sales. You cannot compare Smith with Rossi.

Smith was in 125cc for 5 years with 3 wins and in Moto2 for the last 2 years with 0 wins. Both Rossi and Marquez have 26 wins each in the combination of those classes. Espargaro has 9 wins over the same period as Smith. The facts are the facts people. Smith did NOT deserve the Monster Tech-3 ride! Period!! :p

Falseflag9/11 - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 8:07 AM

Bradley nearly always fades if there's any swapping positions. Scared!? I had high hopes of him several years ago but I think his sense of self preservation overides his ability to go all out. As for Colin Never Won a Race Edwards...says it all doesn't it?

joke - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 9:50 AM
Last Edited 1055 days ago

It's a joke. Nothing against this dude, but there's no chance in hell of him deserving a Satellite M1.

Iannone should have got the M1 while this guy should have been left in Moto2 or maybe on a Ducati at best.


March 20, 2013 11:38 AM

I think its a fair shout about Espagaro - he rode well enough to regularly trouble Marquez, and is a trier and fast. I'd back him to do well on a MGP bike too.

But.... much as I like Redding, so far you can't say his performances have eclipsed Smith's IMO. Redding had a better bike in 2012, but Smith was often squabbling in the same group in M2 with Scott.

Smith also already had his contract in place before the 2012 season - i.e. before Espagaro had such a great season and made a big case for himself for a MGP ride.

Like others, I'm happy to wait and see how Smith goes - Herve is no mug, and Brad's performances so far have been professional and respectable, if not earth-shattering. Brad just might be being smart and methodical, and trying to get used to the bike in testing and inch his way there, rather than risk putting himself into orbit, hospital and unable to race.

Its still to soon to judge Smith IMO - lets wait till mid-season and compare his efforts with Cal, Bradl, and o


March 20, 2013 12:23 PM

Oh yeah. The comment relating to motorcycle activities in schools. Really? Have you thought about that, or just didn't like football at school? Hmmm, a circuit and motocross track at every school! Can't see any problem with that suggestion.... I'm sure the nice nurse will be along any time soon.

The Bad Guy - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 5:38 PM

He got the Ride because Herve jumped the gun and signed him to a motogp contract with one year remaining in Moto2,Ponc was going to try and get out of it after Smiths 2012 season but it was going to cost him a sh$T load of cash,Espargro wanted another year in Moto2,Redding isnt much better then Smith he just had a better bike.
Big rumour is that Pol has already Signed with Yamaha for 2014 to ride a full Factory Yamaha under Tech 3 colours until Valentino moves on.


March 20, 2013 7:21 PM

So far Smiths MotoGP testing and approach seem pretty similar to how Stefan Bradl approached his Rookie season with Honda.
And Bradl (ok he arrived at MGP with the M2 title where Smith has not) got nothing but parise for his methodical and measured approach to learning to ride his MGP bike. As I recall, Bradl's initial positions in Testing weren't much different to Smiths either.

Smith seems to be trying to do the same thing, yet because he's not lightning like Marquez is (with the biggest budget and a Full Factory Team and an HRC megabucks missile) then (again) its all negativity and vitriol coming his way from the trolls.

Personally, I'd be happy to see him find the pace to run competively with the other Satellite Bikes of the Bautista's, Bradl's and Crutchlow's, if nothing else so that the bashers will slink away looking stupid.

marl - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 1:24 AM

why is all this praise for scott reading. Kallex one world championship 2 years ago. race wins last year for other riders. how many for scott reading? 0

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