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'I am really happy to finish the race because what I learned over a full race distance was priceless' - Bradley Smith

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April 22, 2013 12:21 PM

Well done Bradley, getting faster as the race went on just shoes you are learning mate. Just think what could have been achieved had you had the confidence to push earlier. I believe, like Cal, you will eventually get to terms with this bike and be a real asset to both Tech3 and Yamaha.


April 22, 2013 12:56 PM

re: "'I am really happy to finish the race because what I learned over a full race distance was priceless'"

you mean how much slower the "claiming poverty" teams are when you're mixed in among them...? telly adds 10 poun... err... mph...! LOL

MikeD - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 1:33 PM
Last Edited 951 days ago

Smith just showed for the second race the he has no business in the Top class. Didn't he claim that Marquez was only winning in Moto2 because Honda was cheating? Could it be that Marquez is just really good ... because we know now that Smith is useless.
Now can Tech3 please put a proper rider on that bike!


April 22, 2013 1:35 PM

Watching Bradders during the race it looked as though he was putting too much physical effort into getting the bike to turn. He's learning, and he's learning well, maybe when he smooths out a bit the results will come.

Maybe the results will come if he doesn't smooth out. His team will know.

Goon - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 2:33 PM


You are such a clever chap, yes Marquez is a natural talent, Smith is doing what most rookies have done in recent years by learning the ropes. That includes Bradl and Crutchlow.

If you were a fan of Moto GP you would know this, troll.


April 22, 2013 3:24 PM

@ Goon.
While I agree it takes a while to get into the groove one can usually tell after a few races if a rider is a waste of time.
AI is also a newbie and on the dreaded Ducati and is showing a lot better form.
If I had to pick an English rider to partner Cal it would be Scott Redding.

bigphil sp1 - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 3:57 PM

much as I would like to see him doing well his performance is just not good enough. He has had a lot of time on the bike, more than for instance Johnny Rea when he road Stoner's honda and is no where near Rea's performance. Nice to see a Brit on the bike but just not cutting it!

Andy Smith2510 - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 4:57 PM

I cant understand why people are having a pop at Bradley after only two races. The poor lad has only had a couple of wet tests and two pressure races.
The truth is Bradley has done as well as most would have done on a new bike. I would imagine that his team have also turned the horsepower down until he gets a handle on it.
He will do well.....given a little time.


April 22, 2013 5:53 PM
Last Edited 951 days ago


the truth is herve signed bradley long before this season, and after his pi$s poor last season couldnt get out of bringing him to gp this year.
and before everyone shouts troll etc, its been blatantly obvious for some time that yes, bradley is an excellent rider of a motorcycle, would probably challenge for a bss championship, but he has no place in gp.
'my goal is to finish the race'?? jesus, even i could do that.
poncharal must have his head in his hands

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