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'It is frustrating to crash out of my first MotoGP race so early because I need to be gaining all the experience I can' - Bradley Smith

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Bazx7r - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 8:13 AM

@number 46 Your comments about Brad talking less andracing more Iis a tad pointless, Firstly its his first race on the M1 and he wont be allowed to race until COTA, secondly he had less track time / testing than MM.
As far as talking goes, Stoner was slated for not being PR savvy and talking to hos fans, yet Smith, who's keeping race fans informed and his sponsors happy is talking too much, you just cant win! I'm damn sure he appreciates where he is.

DennisKwok

April 09, 2013 9:42 AM

It's funny to see all the haters posting negative comments, after only one race. Especially all of the predictable 'compare him to MM, blah, blah'. People have very short memories and seem to forget a certain Casey Stoner had a very similar pedigree into the premier class as Bradley. He was competitive, but not amazing in the lower classes, winning a few races. Got onto a good satellite bike, where he showed speed, but couldn't keep it rubber side down, etc.

He turned out ok in the end though, didn't he?

With regards to Bradley shooting his mouth off, I couldn't disagree more. He's not over promised once and been nothing but humble and realistic in every single interview I've read or heard him do.

S2 - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 10:12 AM

I've known Bradley for a couple of years and I only started watching MotoGP because of him (though now I am a fan of the sport), so I'll no doubt be accused of being biased. However, there are a lot of assumptions being made about him and his family which are very unfair.

I can categorically state that his dad is not bankrolling Tech 3. Likewise, I don't ever see Bradley shooting his mouth off in public. He doesn't do that privately and he's certainly never done that publicly. It's just not in his nature. He's a young guy who's pretty quiet and reserved.

He's incredibly focussed on developing as a rider. He's clean living and he makes the required sacrifices for the sport. He's a huge fan of MotoGP, so perhaps it'd be cool to show him enough respect to give him some time to bed in and then judge whether he's good enough or not. By making such unfounded claims against him and his family, as well as finances, your arguments just can't be taken seriously.

Cal has publicly advised Bradl

S2 - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 10:14 AM

Cal has publicly advised Bradley to not do as he did in his rookie year and grandly state he wants to podium. He considered it a mistake and doesn't want Bradley to do the same, so when he's saying "targeting top 10" perhaps that's in part due to him listening to the more senior person in his team?

Also, Dorna very much see the UK as a targeted growth area for the sport, so Bradley's increased coverage is in part to help the sport in this country. He may not fit in with everyone's taste of personality, but that's always down to personal preference anyway.

The way I see it, anyone who's raced a MotoGP bike is deserving of respect. It looks like it's going to be an awesome 2013 season no matter who you support, right?

Darkwaknight

April 09, 2013 11:45 AM

@H8R
At what point did I even compare any nationality?? shows your biased is based on your love for americans..not spies related by any chance. Lets be honest if anyone had had a season like Spies did last YEAR on a FACTORY Yamaha (That won the WC) he would never set foot in GP's again end of. And yet he is still there giving it a go after 3 years in the sport? I and many are willing to let him bed in in his 4th year, so why can all you pointles and completely unfounded hate be left until Bradley is at least given a chance. And as for winning in Moto 2 first come one, as Dennis as showed already (Great posts) Stoner was only WC contender in his last season in 250's, Elias won the inaugural Moto 2 and yet look at his season the following year in GP. I am sure Tech 3, Herve and most likely the Marshals at the tracks have a better idea on who can and cannot make it in gps that me or you at this point..So just stop talking trash with no basis mate! You sound as bitter as you are!!

Alan G - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 12:31 PM

This is a conversation that will last all season (and probably adds to the excitement)

Firstly can we summarise success in racing is Winning thats why they do it, factor in the machinery and the rider, if we leave out the comparisons and fairly judge the results as they come in that surely has to be where the B*** S*** stops and fact begins.
Given that CRT's take the lower half of the field (as such are in a different championship and different spec) surely Honda /Yamaha factory take the top 4 places followed by the same again in satellite followed by Ducati's, is it not a reasonable theory that the satellite M1 is known to be capable of a podium on a good day and realistically top six on any day.
I dont understand where top ten is an acceptable target, I am not & have never been a racer but in my books I would be embarrassed given the machinery, But I do understand under performance and it is not a word that just applies to racing,

What makes me laugh is comments I have read o

Alan G Continued - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 12:37 PM

Continued: What makes me laugh is comments I have read:

Only 1.6 s off the top six (Who measures from the top six lol!)
Past MM at the start (For how many corners)
Hoping for a top 10 (on a bike capable of top 6)

lets agree its the result that counts but lets set the bar at realistic not near the bottom and then tell us it was a success please

TalentFan - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 1:14 PM

Fair points Alan G. Though we should state that the top 4 have all the toys and will be away as usual. So, we are talking potentially 5th down to 12th for the Dukes & Sats.

In that field are 2 rookies in BS & AI. The rest are not. SB & AB have factory Honda support (more for SB, while AB is v exp. & is ex-factory Suzi rider). Spies is a race-winner. NH is ex-WC, and Dovi is super-experienced (and both are factory Duke). CC has ably demo'd his pace as well.

Ok the Dukes need a bit of work, but still no-one should expect Smith (rookie) to place in front of Bradl, Bautista, Crutchlow, Dovi.

So - top 10 as an opening ambition and goal is being pretty realistic and a sensible thing to say in public. You can bet he WANTS more, but he's be a fool to say so (the Trolls can't wait as it is and are laying into him).
BS has been targeted by the Trolls and they will be negative about anything he says or does.

DennisKwok

April 09, 2013 1:19 PM
Last Edited 620 days ago

What makes ME laugh, is how so many of you forget how people like Bradl, Crutchlow and Stoner started their MotoGP careers.

It's telling that the majority of registered people are able to post well balanced comments, but those who aren't into motorsport enough to be bothered to register, choose to ignore the obvious and just post unbalanced, unfounded opinions.

Edit: good post TalentFan.

Rich1 - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 5:32 PM

Some numbers for comparison purposes only: To be fair to all the Bradley fans, getting 8th, 9th and 10th is not going to get him resigned (IMO) at the end of his contract. He needs to have some bust out performances this year and possibly get into the top 6th or 7th at some races.

Ben Spies rookie year in Motogp:
1-3rd, 4- 4th's, 3-5th's, 3-6th's

Cal Crutchlow rookie year in Motogp:
1-4th

Stefan Bradl rookie year in Motogp:
1-4th, 3-5th's, 4-6th's

Marco Simoncelli rookie year in Motogp:
1-4th, 4-6th's

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