MotoGP » Smith takes a hit in Catalunya

'The bike hit my left knee and that's why I was limping in the gravel but luckily I am fine' - Bradley Smith

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June 14, 2013 4:26 PM

OK. Please leave this category of bike racing. Before getting really hurt. This league is out of your skills. As stated many times by a lot of people, the TECH3 bike has the potential, you don't. Obviously. Maybe try all over and seale a seat for MOTO3 next year. There are a lot of people waiting for your Tech3 seat. Besides, I can do not like Crutchlow to leave.


June 14, 2013 4:45 PM

Definitely agree with the comments thus far. Yes, Bradley can out-ride ALL of us. But that doesn't mean he's good enough for GP, or, at the least deserving of a Tech3 bike.

On the plus side, Yamaha's contract with Tech3 is up next year. Perhaps they'll ditch the crew and we'll see Bradley where he truly belongs (a CRT bike).

Yes he's nice. Yes I enjoy his blogs. But BE OBJECTIVE folks. Those things along do not justify his having gotten such a good ride in GP.

/end rant


June 14, 2013 5:26 PM
Last Edited 1054 days ago

I feel for the kid, seriously. I mean, yes. You guys are right. He DOES NOT belong in MotoGP! But that's 'cause someone jumped the gun and gave him the ride. Any rider would take it. Those chances don't come when you want them to come. Unfortunately for Bradley, it came too early and now he's paying the price for being an underdeveloped rider. Big time!

The sad part is that one more year in Moto2 would probably fix that but if he drops back his chances of being offered another seat after his ridiculous performance this year are virtually none.

If I was British, I'd be emailing Scott Redding and telling to pay attention and bind his time to avoid a similar situation.

And Bradley, son, fake an injury and take some time out! Do a Spies for a round and use it to put your head in the right place. Go Motocrossing and etc, do something. 'Cause just 'riding the bike' is not working atm and you're just creating fears that will ultimately end your career.


June 14, 2013 5:27 PM

Being Objective.... The guy is a rookie with less than half the testing time under his belt than the other prototype rookies. He has been making steady progress up until Mugello and the time difference between him and the race winner is moving in the right direction. Every rider will have confidence shaking crashes, I seem to remember Lorenzo's first season the yamaha was being thrown at all sorts of scenery.

If it weren't for the grid being split into CRT and Prototype bikes then he would have been able to do his learning away from the microscope instead of being in the spotlight and seen as if it is a waste of a prototype.


June 14, 2013 5:30 PM
Last Edited 1054 days ago

You can't even begin to compare Lorenzo's first season to his... seriously. Go back in Wikipedia and educate yourself. Yes he crashed hard and injured himself and whatnot. But he was also VERY competitive from day 1.


June 14, 2013 5:52 PM

The point I was trying to make was even Lorenzo struggled to fully learn the bikes in his first season and crashed hard. He went through 7 rounds in his first season with two 6th place finishes and a 10th.

There is no training other than bike time a rider can do with the prototype class, moto2 is so far removed from the top class that only the freakishly talented riders like Marquez and Lorenzo (granted he came from 250cc) go fast straight away.

I think a better comparison would be Bradly consistently beating Iannone as one would expect given the superior bike rather than fighting it out with Crutchlow and Rossi on the other yamahas - although we all wish he could.


June 14, 2013 7:04 PM

Lorenzo beat Rossi in his first race, that is not struggling to fully learn the bike. Lolz. Besides this guy is on a satellite bike and Cal wasnt exactly setting lights a blaze his first season either.

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