MotoGP » Smith ready to fight for Tech 3 seat

“It's down to me and me only to prove to everybody I deserve a place in the team” – Bradley Smith.

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August 06, 2014 12:03 PM

“The next nine races starting on Sunday are crucial to my future as a MotoGP rider"

I'm Afraid he doesn't have 9 races to sort his future out, contracts are being signed NOW and not 3 or 4 months down the line. He could be left without a ride within a matter of days and what he does in the next 9 races won't really matter.


August 06, 2014 2:33 PM
Last Edited 121 days ago

I have not been one of the people to say negative things about Smith, because I thought it was important to give him a chance. However, I now think he's had that chance. No stand out performances to speak of, the odd fast lap in practice sessions every now and again maybe, but not often enough.

Bradley has never finished a race less than 20 seconds off the leader, in one and a half seasons in MotoGP.
Pol has managed it twice - in half a season.

In short, he hasn't delivered.


August 06, 2014 12:59 PM

I guess Smith is pretty much resigned to losing his Tech3 seat so he is probably thinking about the last nine races being a chance to impress and get a good Moto2 seat for 2015.


August 07, 2014 7:41 AM

LastOfTheLateBreakers: Giving him yet another year would deliver the same poor results and furthermore hold up the development and opportunity from a more talented and deserving rider. Smith has to go....

Who is this talent that is coming up then? There is no one better than Smith that hasn't already signed in MotoGP other than A.Espargaro, who is chewing his arm off for a factory ride and will probably get it with Suzuki.

M.Vinales is going to Suzuki, Folger is tied into a contract in Moto2, Rins and A.Marquez going to Moto2, Miller either LCR Honda or Pons in Moto2, Salom is staying in Moto2 as is Rabat. The only 2 riders from M2 that could have a chance at taking Smith's seat are Kallio and Aegerter and they're both long shot, from Moto3 you have Fenati and he's an even longer shot.


August 07, 2014 3:44 AM
Last Edited 384 days ago

JedPB67: 1 year extension for Smith

How on earth could anyone justify that?? He's had a lot of chances handed to him and shown he is not up to the challenge... Giving him yet another year would deliver the same poor results and furthermore hold up the development and opportunity from a more talented and deserving rider. Smith has to go....

Personally, I think the idea of letting Smith to ride the M1 for another year is completely absurd and the most intolerable one, but when you look at the situation objectively, I think it is still feasible that he will narrowly get his seat at Tech3 - The MotoGP class has been devoid of competitive machines for few years, but suddenly the class is facing a lack of talent with the comeback of Suzuki and Aprilia, the success of Forward Racing, and the prospect of Ducatis and proddy Hondas becoming more competitive next year.


August 07, 2014 7:25 AM

Paddles: BS has good machinery and has only just decided that he needs to be trying hard to save his seat half way through the season.

If you truely believe that then you're a fool, Smith works as hard as any other rider out there, if not harder.


August 07, 2014 5:43 AM

Go balls out bradley! Smash on the m1 like u do in fp! U got the talent man, just let it fly and prove these haters wrong!

I think its cool to see him in motogp even tho he doesnt have the long resume of wins or championships. He got a lucky break with tech3, lets hope he can capitalize on his fortunes... go smith!


August 07, 2014 11:03 AM

I think that Bradley found his level in Moto2 , just like Kallio , de Angelis and Ant West before him . Hard work alone isn't going to do it - you need to have the talent to get the most of whatever is under you , and that Tech3 Yamaha has been out-performing the rider from day one .

Yes Yes Yes Leave Me Alone

August 07, 2014 10:46 AM

I have been quite supportive of Bradley over the years, but I feel like he ought to move on now - he has had a good go of things in Motogp, but like others have said, he hasn't really 'shone'.

Give the bike to Vinales, him and Pol would make a very strong team.

Bradley to Aspar Moto2? Has links with the team and Terol surely has to be fired...

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