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September 03, 2013 11:51 AM

Perhaps Nick exagerates with the '98%', nevertheless his point is valid. It amazes me how many people fail to appreciate the quality of machiney, or lack of, that Bradley had in Moto2, and then also have this expectation that you can then get on a prototype bike with twice the power and instantly make an impact. It just doesn't work like that for most. MM is an exception, and of course there have been a couple of others. Brad isn't one of them, but it doesn't make him an underserving rider. As long as he continues to make progress then he is likely to prove that Herve got it right. I don't see significantly better talent out there. It was a shame Tommy Hill never got a better ride, but don't kid yourself that producing good rides at the level he did is any indicator of success at GP. Generally the likes of Hill don't get any further for a reason, not usually financial.


September 03, 2013 12:00 PM

I just get tired of reading the negative posters saying he shouldn't have the ride etc. The lad out qualified Rossi in the previous two rounds.

PS @ DontTesttheX You are in that 98%. & don't tell me to get real. I'm sure I have more experience than you about riding bikes around tracks and following racing.


September 03, 2013 1:24 PM

Really don't understand all the Bradley haters. His qualifing time at Silverstone was a 2'03.110 which would have put him on pole last year. Seeing as his bike, is Lorenzo's from last year and Jorge qualified last year with a 2'03.763 that's pretty good in my book. He's currently 11th in the championship with 66 points, and crutchlow finished 12th with 70 points at the end of his rookie year.


September 03, 2013 1:33 PM
Last Edited 969 days ago

@ donttestthex
- This is MOTOGP not tiddlywinks. The fans who pay for this sport are entitled to criticise and praise people in equal measure and the riders have to accept it too. i'm sure BS would rather get criticised riding a prototype bike against 'greats' than earn £6 an hour in a coffee shop like average people from poor backgrounds. Get real.

U are spot on...Come next year rookie Redding on a satellite honda will beat Bsmith(with 1 year xperience already) every weekend except he dont crash...
Even Pol and bradl will beat him more often than not...Having said all these I wont mind if Bsmith prove me wrong...

@nick23....if you are not an out and out professional rider...stop barraging others as if they dont know anything about racing...and dont treat your own comments as if they are gospel.....respect others' comments as well..


September 03, 2013 1:53 PM


With a crystal ball like that you should definitely buy a lottery ticket this weekend!

I expect Redding to do well, but he will take time to get up to speed, and will crash in doing so. They all do. Brad is almost with the other satellite prototypes now. Pretty impressive given relative inexperience.

I am far more sceptical about Pol. Something not quite right there. Inconsistent, overly emotional (even for a Spaniard). Does he have problems setting bikes up for different circuits? Not sure.


September 03, 2013 9:16 PM
Last Edited 968 days ago

"He's currently 11th in the championship with 66 points, and crutchlow finished 12th with 70 points at the end of his rookie year. "

There were 17 prototypes in Cal's rookie year, so finishing 12th means he had only managed to defeat FIVE other prototypes that year. Yeah, It was dismal performance and many thought he should leave the GP and go back to SBK right away

Smith? Oh, his rookie year has definitely been much more successful than Cal's!!! There're EVEVEN prototypes and he's ranked ELEVENTH..... Oh, dear..., He can be proud of it. LOL

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