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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 10:35 PM

Seems to be a lot of haters about every subject on this forum. does not matter what the story is about, there is always a lot of haters.
I think that he done a good job, he finished the race in the points. If i was on the team, i would give him a pat on the back and say well done, points and the bike is in one peice.
you can have a whinge after the 6th race and he has not improved. give the kid a go.

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

April 23, 2013 1:43 AM

I was actually shocked how poor Bradley was in COTA. I'm by no means his biggest fan, since it's obvious to me that there are several riders in MotoGP and Moto 2 who are more talented than him, but i have always thought of him as a decent solid rider and nothing more. But it became obvious in 125cc that he wasn't anything special when he spent 5 years on factory bike and won only 3 races....

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

April 23, 2013 1:53 AM

......But seriously getting beat by a CRT and 44 seconds behind his teammate is an extremely weak showing. I can't remember the last time i've seen a rookie doing so poorly, especially on a bike that is as good as the one he is sitting on. And i wouldn't pay much heed to Julian Ryder's opinion of Smith. His fanboyish swooning over any british riders is painfully obvious. Would Julian have given Marquez such a pat on the back for finishing behind a CRT on his Honda ? I don't bloody think so !!!!! What is hilarious is how the british commentators pretend to be nonpartisan when they are anything but. They offer the most excuses and praise for a job badly done for british riders.

Educationer - Unregistered

April 23, 2013 4:06 AM

Cal is riding "Jorges old bike" what Jorge rode at the end of last season.
Bradley is riding "Cals old bike" sort of like what Jorge rode at the beginning of last season.
Therfore cals bike is slightly more developed that Bradleys, this keeps costs down for Tech 3.
Brad is still adapting to the bike, coupled to a completely new track he would be struggling.
MM is a freak so no comparisons and the CRTs are an evolution of last year so their riders (who rode last season) are already familiar with what they can do.
The difference? CRTs will remain relatively level whilst Brad will improve vastly when he gets a bit more expeience under his belt.
Best satellite bike in the paddock? No, they'll be the works Hondas in the satellite garages!
But when all is said and done you will believe what you want to irrespective of the reality.

Alfie North - Unregistered

April 23, 2013 7:25 AM

The problem with this kid is he just needs to stop bullshitting, maybe completely shut up, and put his head down and do what it takes to develop his riding. Otherwise it's not fair to judge a young rookie boy so negatively on his only second race in the premier class.

two difficult hondas - Unregistered

April 23, 2013 9:17 AM

I think the architypical GLASS half empty people seem to forget, that this team obviously has a limited budget amd seem to be putting all their eggs in one basket - CAL. there is no point in blowing the whole years budget at the start of the season. Accidents happen but stupidty is very costly :-) or free on this web site. They are a sponsor driven show!


April 23, 2013 9:27 AM
Last Edited 1023 days ago

So Bradley was beaten by a CRT.. Esp who is way ahead of anyone else on a CRT and SHOULD be on a GP bike he is too good for CRT. The same guy that out qualified Iannoe and Spies(as did bradley).. and was bradley not 24 secs in front of Spies (4th year in the class, you know him he's the Real deal!!).
And please comparing a very sat Yam to a factory Honda and a "rookie" who had 2 private before pre-season started and is a natural talent. (as did he not beat EVERYONE on the grid this weekend inc multi WC or did I miss that). I think Brad will improve at Jerez, he fell off in Qatar and the aim here was to get the best position and FINISH the race for confidence (as this is what Motorcycle racing and riding is about). He was 8 seconds from IANNOE and had he been more aggressive at the start he maybe would have beaten him. All this hate is stupid. and redding as good as he is is trying to hard now, all this talk of him instead of Brad, but is brad not allowed due to no wins in Moto2.


April 23, 2013 9:27 AM

All this hate is stupid. and redding as good as he is is trying to hard now, all this talk of him instead of Brad, but is brad not allowed due to no wins in Moto2. and how many has scott had again?? And the comment about a journalist has watched a few races what does he know.. ha ha the irony from the Armchair racers on here is superb!!

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