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September 18, 2013 3:50 PM

Well - I LIKE his blogs, & I like his honest self- appraisal and analytical style - what he says makes sense and shows he's got plenty north of the eyebrows too.

As for being privileged - well he ain't alone there. Hardly anyone without serious help gets a shot - maybe the last was CS, and his parents threw everything into it and gambled BIG to get him there.

Some posters forget as well that while BS has a satellite bike, its a parts-bin special compared to what Cal has, let alone what VR & JL run. Allow for the kit Bradl & Bautista get & at BEST he's got a bike that might achieve a 6th/7th, & maybe its really only as good as his results. We cant know.

Its NOT a level playing field FFS, and we cannot compare BS as a rookie with MM where he has the best of everything. Some posters should engage brain before knuckling on their keyboards I think.


September 18, 2013 1:09 PM


You are certainly right that Bradley is lucky. Bike racing is accessible to all at club level, but certainly not at National and above. Sadly we Briits are fishing from a smaller pond than other countries.

Give you and other bikers a year on a GP bike and chances are you will still not be competitive at club level. Unless you are hugely exaggerating to make your point then you clearly don't appreciate the level that anyone on the GP grid is operating at. I raced a few years at club. Reasonable top 10 but never going to win anything. It made me good enough to thrash just about anyone on a track day. The guys winning the club races would get thrashed by national riders, and the national riders would usually get thrashed by international riders. The standard that Smith is operating at is staggering compared to your regular rider. I don't think many people realise that. He may or may not make the final step to be able to get the best out of a prototype, but unless you are MM or


September 20, 2013 11:14 AM

Sat at home awaiting an operation some done some stats. Brads time as a percentage higher than Cals. Best race lap or Q2 for both if either didn't finish the race.
Qatar 1.13
Texas 1.44
Jerez 1.2
Le Mans 1.15
Mugello 1.01
Catalunya .99
Assen 1.05
Sachsenring .97
Laguna .86
Brno .43
Silverstone .33
Milano .84


September 20, 2013 9:07 AM


Indeed it would take huge upgrades to make a 1.5 second gap, and if that were still the gap between Brad and Cal then I'd agree with you. It was the gap at the start of the year, but if you go to and check the stats for the last few races you'll find Brad has closed that gap to something around half of what you state. Question then is do the upgrades, plus Cal's extra time on the bike, account for the remaining difference. Truth is I don't know, but I am willing to wait and find out rather than make an assumption.

The bikes costs millions to develop, but the replacement cost of individual parts is a tiny fraction of that. Most crashes only damage superficial parts, fairing, pegs, bars etc, not the technical stuff at the heart of the bike. Of course I agree some crashes are complete wreckers :) Does Brad crash more than the others? I don't think so, particularly for those in their first season.


September 20, 2013 7:24 AM

Haddock - it takes ALOT of upgrades to claw back 1.5secs a lap. He may indeed have 1 or 2 year old parts on his M1, but not enough to make a second difference. Bike or rider?...Bradley always looks like he is trying TOO hard...can he handle the pressure? Dont know. But if I were yamaha I wouldn't want to give him the new upgrades knowing he was likely to bin the bike in FP's and Quali....same goes for Cal who is now moving elsewhere. Were talking million+ bikes here...


September 20, 2013 1:48 AM

It doesn't matter what spec of bike he has. He and his team are trying to sort out his setup. His will be unlike anyone else's and that was the jist if the blog.

Working. Thinking. Riding. In the present. Rising to the challenge and doing that with whatever he has.

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