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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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Southstyle

April 09, 2013 5:36 PM

I would have much preferred to see this seat go to Ianone, I think he has a lot more potential and is far more exciting to watch.

And for those claiming Smith had to perform better to back up the things that came out of his mouth, I'm inclined to agree. Apparently others were only faster than him last year because they cheated.... remember.

nick881

April 09, 2013 8:46 PM

bsb

Anyone who is a real fan of MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 knows that the Tech3 Moto2 bike is inferior to the Kalexs and Suters. No he didn't set the series on fire but he had some decent results given the inferior bike he had (more so in 2011 than 2012 as it got more inferior as time passed) and he obviously did enough to impress Poncheral. Who is a man with a million times more knowledge and understanding of the sport than you or I. Maybe you should do a little more research or try reading MotoGP news on other sites besides just crash and MotoGP.com, you might learn something.

And it is offical that Rossi crashed out in his first ever 500 GP race, does that mean he was crap?

nick881

April 09, 2013 8:48 PM

It is also worth remembering that he signed his MotoGP contract during the 2011 season after a string of strong results. It was a bit disappointing to see the development of the mistral Moto2 bike slow down and see Bradley struggle to repeat those results in 2012.

nick881

April 09, 2013 8:58 PM

Have a look at the 2011 Moto2 results and Statistics. In 2011 Bradley finished the season in 7th place, yes he was behind Ianonne but he was ahead of Pirro, Pol Espagaro, Aleix Espagaro, Simon, Redding, Pasini, Corti to name but a few.

And his team mates.... on the same bike... Mike De Meglio finished in 23rd place on 30 points, Xavier Simeon finished in 26th place on 23 points, compared to Bradleys 121 points!

2011 seems a long time ago, even I had forgotten how strong his season had been.

coffee - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 8:59 PM

@52
thank you for your insight, always nice to get a personal perspective.

as for BS I still think with all his 7 years in motogp plus the redbill cup he knows the tracks has the experiance and now has the best satellite bike on the grid... that top ten, is low expectations, he should be battling with the like of Baubtista, Bradl, Cal, and all the Duc's for 5th/8th not this 11th place crt bs... to be gifted all the tools, and show up last of the prototypes is not gona cut it... Scott redding is gona slot right into his seat if he does.

nick881

April 09, 2013 9:32 PM

2012, Bradleys worst year of late, he finished 9th in Moto2 Championship still ahead of some good riders on better bikes. He had 109 points. His team mate, on the same bike, Xavier Sineon finished 22nd with 21 points.

nick881

April 09, 2013 9:38 PM
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2010 125GP - Bradley finished 4th in the championship ahead of Cortese (2012 WC), Zarco (2011 runner up), Salom, Folger etc etc.

When you look at his performances relative to his team mates and to other world class riders hes done well so far in his career.

I think its a bit rediculous to be saying in his first races in MotoGP he SHOULD be mixing it with Bautista, Bradl and Cal. He says top 10 is a target as it is realistic and acheivable and so that he doesn't sound like a cocky ****. He has to work in the paddock with all those other riders, he might find a few less friendy faces if he walks around saying hes expecting to be infront of half the experienced riders.

nick881

April 09, 2013 10:03 PM

2009 125cc Championship Standings

2nd Bradley Smith - 223.5 points
4th Pol Espagaro - 174.5 points
6th Sandro Cortese - 130 points
7th Andrea Iannone - 125.5 points
8th Marc Marquez - 94 points
10th Stefan Bradl - 85 points
15th Scott Redding - 50.5 points
20th Johann Zarco - 32.5 points

gally - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 10:11 PM

@nick88
we have all seen his stats, 7 years in motogp with one great year on 125's all the rest less then mediocre.

obviously tech3 sees potential in him, but lets look at the reality, tech3 is a farm team for factory Yamaha and there is no way Bradley is EVER gona fill Rossi's seat in two years or Lorenzo's, never ever, ever!

So, lets look at the real reason he is here. passport! to promote motogp here in the UK, simple as that! he is a mediocre rider at best, there are better riders out there, but only one with any talent AND a British passport, but he's in moto2 for the next two years an expect he will fall right into a tech3 ride once he move up class...

so please, quit beating a dead horse, your not gona convince anybody he belongs not while hes down in 10th place with 10th place expectations... you Bradders need to wake up and smell the coffee, he's a back marker and always will be.

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