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Rob Ayland - Unregistered

April 24, 2013 6:43 AM

The doubters will see..brad is quality through and through. I see him much higher up this season. Perhaps a top five or two before the year is out.... And then one or two critics will eat some humble pie as he stays on the black stuff and beats a Rossi or his team mate...

farl cogetty - Unregistered

April 24, 2013 7:00 AM

if its true that tech 3 only have the resources for 1 bike then race 1 bike.....monster energy must be not happy with a bike running so lowly......
And if bs is the most successful gp rider since Sheen thank god for wsbk

Dutch69Camaro - Unregistered

April 24, 2013 7:35 AM

Bradley Smith did a good job bringing the bike home and finish his first ever MotoGP race. Although Marquez might be something special I still believe Bradley should take a look at him anyway.
Austin was not a regular track as Marquez did know the place because he tested there, and after his DNF in Quatar Bradley took no risks, so we can say it's not fair to compare these two riders on this track.
Now Jerez will be something they both know and we might compare them better. This track suits the M1 better so he should be closer to the front anyway.

That said I believe Bradley needs to up his game and get closer to the limit. Unfortunately this will mean some crashes, but as they say a fast rider can learn to stop crashing. The fastest riders always crashed a lot before they became winners (Stoner, Lorenzo). I believe this is now the only way to the top, there is no time to take it slow because there are a lot of guys after that seat. He needs to beat Crutchlow a few times this year..

TrueFan

April 24, 2013 8:18 AM

Multiple posters... 'Brad should concentrate more on going fast and less on writing a blog...' blah, blah, blah.

IIRC, he has an agreement with Crash to write these columns throughout the year. It's a British web-site, and he's a British rider. If you don't like the fact that he's taking the time to write about his experience, don't read it...there's no need to bag the guy for doing what he promised to do...

I suppose most of you criticising his performance are the same lot that blamed the bike when a high-profile rider failed to perform in the last couple of years. Sensitive to any criticism of your idol, but willing to stick the boot into a young guy giving it his best shot. Really.

Ray Goodyear - Unregistered

April 24, 2013 8:28 AM

Hes not doing too well but give hinm a bit longer at least and stop banging on about Redding. Hes not doing anything either and is still without a win after 3 years in moto 2 with one of the best bikes.

KawaGreen - Unregistered

April 24, 2013 8:31 AM

I have no doubt BS is a decent rider, but he should have gotten more moto2 wins up his sleave to earn that seat.
Like a lot of those guys ho get in the lower budget teams.
Now Ianone is a guy who earned his seat, he'll be in the factory team soon I think.
Riders who deserved a motoGP seat in my opinion instead of BS:
- Luthi
- Terol
- Espargaro P.
- Redding

But personally if Espargaro A. would be availiable, I'd put him on the bike. He beats the hell out of those crt's and some prototypes aswell.

Nick - Unregistered

April 24, 2013 9:11 AM

Goodness sake they are out on this thread aren't they!
All you keyboard warriors. The fact is Bradley has delivered. You'll all be eating humble pie come the end of the season. Wait til he gets to some tracks he knows!!

He lead round Assen for 20 laps ahead of Marquez. He podiums every year at Mugello. He goes well at Jerez, Catalunya & Assen.

I wish some of you would retire from your keyboards!

Objective

April 24, 2013 9:46 AM

If Smith wasn't English most of his supporters here would be saying that he doesn't deserve the ride on a Tech 3. I believe he should have had at least one season on a CRT to learn the tracks and watch the better riders like Jorge and also prove that he deserves a shot at a prototype.

I know that giving the ride to another Spaniard would make MotoGP start to look like a Spanish racing series but there is also de Puniet and possibly Redding who have shown more competitiveness.

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