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Strex

July 24, 2013 8:13 AM

Nice one Bradley, keep on improving in the second half of the season and hopefully you can start to qualify and finish in the top six regularly. You have the equipment so i am hoping for the best!

DBL

July 24, 2013 3:08 PM

He actually made a cracking start as well, was in front of Crutchlow through turn 1, but I think he eased offbraked too early (first start at Laguna) allowing Crutchlow back through and he then got squeezed out wide at turn 2. Still doing better on points than Crutchlow in his first year at this stage and equalling Simoncelli in terms of results.

Don-R

July 24, 2013 4:32 PM

I don't see that there's a valid comparison to be made with Crutchlow's first year in MotoGP. Cal had not been to most of the tracks before and was racing in the pre-CRT era. The 2013 M1 is also far more competitive and closer to factory spec than the 2011 version was.

If one were to look for a benchmark, a better comparison would be with Stefan Bradl - a rider with similar experience and who was on a comparable level of machinery in his rookie year.

Don-R

July 24, 2013 5:52 PM

Smith is running the 2013 motor, just as the other Yamaha riders are. That's why he's also implicated in the issue over longevity of the 2013 engine. He may be one chassis iteration behind Crutchlow, but it was top speed that was the major weakness of the satellite M1s back when Colin and Cal were riding them in 2011.

JcRacing

July 24, 2013 7:20 PM

The motor might be the same spec, but the chassis isn't, which means the bike isn't the same spec. I wonder if Poncharal will allow Smith to use the same spec chassis on the second half of the season, or if he has enough of those for two riders, for that matter.

50thR1

July 24, 2013 8:05 PM
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I think Smith must be very happy with what he has. In terms of engine and chassis. It is, with all respect a too good package for his abilities. Next Year one can only pray yamaha will tell HP to assign Cal with another rider. Smith is still young. If he is really as good as a lot of you think he is, he could win any world championship or be a regular rostrum finisher. And then come back to motogp

JcRacing

July 24, 2013 11:12 PM

Bradl finished 8th in his rookie year. I guess that must be Smith's goal for this season. For that he will have to continue doing what he did in Sachsenring, to beat Espargaro and all the Ducatis and hope for no more mechanicals, which are few and far between with Tech3.

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