MotoGP » MotoGP Jerez: Smith betters test pace, 14th overall

'I am a lot happier after this afternoon's session though and my main focus was on trying to ride the bike in a smoother way' - Bradley Smith

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Tech3 Mistral M1 - Unregistered

May 04, 2013 10:19 AM

With his poor performance he's demonstrated so far, I thought there's no room for Smith to back off any further and he can only make a step forward. However, it seems like there is some more rooms for him to further back off . He managed to proceed automatically to the Q2 at the season opener at Qatar. Then at the second round at the US, he failed to get within the top 10 in FP3, but did proceed to the Q2. And this time at Jerez, he failed to get within the top 10 again, having been outpaced by many riders on clearly inferior bikes than his. Maybe, he's gonna fail to proceed to the Q2 this time?

I wonder if his contract with the Tech3 really has the clause that states he's given the ride of the 'M1' specifically. Maybe he can ride a CRT bike next year staying at the Tech3? It seems to be OK for the Tech3 to give this kid a ride, but Yamaha must be very unhappy about it now......

sonicman - Unregistered

May 04, 2013 2:45 PM

@iusedtobesleepy - crutchlow outqualified his vastly more experienced teammate in his FIRST EVER qualifying session in qatar in 2011.

The only way bradley smith is outqualifying his teammate is if he shoots him halfway around the track.

spunkfire - Unregistered

May 06, 2013 12:03 AM

Smith is not at the level nor do i think he ever will be,shame so many better riders are left without a ride.
Grass moves faster than Smith ever will.Redding is better than Smith,Rea would suit that seat also,I only hope Smith knows his limits and wont hurt himself trying,try hard die hard.1 thing i will say is a least he's bringing it home but my man of the moment has to be Michael Laverty amazing riding PBM doing a great job also max respect Aleix Espargaro.

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