MotoGP » Smith: The new era of racers is coming

"It's exciting times and it means that the era I grew up against was very competitive. We've all made it to MotoGP. It's cool" - Bradley Smith

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August 29, 2013 11:21 PM

i'm quite sure if the legendary barry sheene were alive today chances he would've been proud of the up and coming british talent in motogp and wsbk as it has gotten much better than past times....

as for american talent though, I'm still a believer in both nicky hayden and ben spies(even though I feel yamaha undercuted his career), but sadly thing aren't looking good in that area. its not say there aren't any competitive american talent out there(as there are many in AMA) but that talent seem to be overlooked thanks in part to dorna focus on spaniards.


August 29, 2013 11:55 PM

There is a reason why kids make better entertainment than people who are old enough to know better :) They still believe and don't mind acting like emotional tools.

You can only fake it for so long, and Rossi is way past his best used by date and Jorge+Dani have probably seen enough of MotoGP to not bother risking injury or being used to promote the darling lie.


August 30, 2013 11:36 AM

Bradley pointing out there that Scott is getting a less competitive bike. Reinforcing (again) the fact that MotoGP is nothing remotely close to a proper racing series where all entrants have a fair chance.

He'd be accused of "moaning" (after all, to too many so-called fans only certain riders are permitted to present "constructive criticism" without being accused of moaning) if he'd gone further and pointed out that Pol will also get better support than he himself will in 2014.

Brad will know that a factory contract gives Pol first dibs on upgrades and equipment - so just like CC gets the goodies first this year, despite his seniority and experience over Pol, BS will be "junior" again in 2014.


August 30, 2013 11:44 AM

The "Hard of Thinking" still want to compare riders and results like its a level field in MotoGp, and that if a rider wins its all cos he's the best. Come on guys - start to use your eyes, ears and then BRAIN.

MotoGP has multiple Levels. You cannot win a WC without Level 1 support. Pol will get L2, Smith L3, Scott on a Proddie Gresini will be maybe L4, and private ex-CRT bikes maybe a L5.

Of course, if you accept that actually only the HRC bikes achieve L1 then that'd make Factory Yam L2, and you can bump all the above down a level.


August 30, 2013 11:49 AM
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MotoGP under Dorna's stewardship is farcical & getting worse, as factory influence through supply extends like cancer, ousting independence with factory control.

The general finishing order is predictable now, & has been. You can even take a good guess at how a race will pan out (i.e. marquez sits sandbagging in a safe lower position then uses his advantages to push through for the win - SURPRISE!). The dummies lap it up.

Smith, Scott, Espagaro & Iannone may well be the new breed. But they are a breed in captivity - cos none of them are actually FREE and supported well enough to actually COMPETE.

All these guys are wasting their careers & risking their health for a guaranteed non-return, unless a factory spot comes up and their face fits. Note though that "moving up through the ranks" from mid-field bikes to the good stuff is rare - so chances are all of them are also in a dead-end mid-field career-killer position.

MotoGP seriously lets down its Riders.

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