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Bradley Smith - Q&A

Bridgestone want to give the riders the best of the best and that's why we have a class such as MotoGP to get the most technically advanced motorcycle possible. That's why Yamaha, Honda and Ducati spend all that money to compete on a platform of technicality and the tyres that fit into there will also be at the pinnacle.

I would like to see and did enjoy the days when there were two tyre manufacturers because they were always fighting to make the best tyre for a given race. It was very exciting. I do feel that racing is closer given the single tyre rule though.
Is your bike the same as Cal's?

Bradley Smith:
No, it's not. It's a couple of steps behind Cal's in terms of chassis and parts on the motorcycle, the engine is the same spec.

For sure the parts Cal is using don't give worse performance, but I don't know how much improvement they give. Cal decided to move up to the spec of bike rather than staying with the bike he had. I'm sure the performance is better I just don't know by how much.
Were you given the choice of using that spec of bike?

Bradley Smith:
No I didn't get the option, but I didn't expect that in my rookie season either.

I knew that being a rookie they would leave me to do as I can. I knew already going into the season that Yamaha would push extremely hard for the championship with Jorge and Valentino. And I knew that that was going to mean that we might be slightly neglected throughout the season, because the factory guys would take full priority.

I feel that at the start of next year we'll be on much better machinery because of that though.
When you say 'we', do you mean you and Cal, or you and your crew?

Bradley Smith:
Me and my crew, obviously I can't speak about Cal because I don't know his arrangement. Me and my crew for sure knew when we went into this season what we were starting with and what we were going to end with and we knew that that package would be very competitive and was more than good enough for what I needed in my rookie season.
So right from the start it was going to be a learning experience, rather than a do or die effort?

Bradley Smith:
Yeah, absolutely. The reason I signed a three year contract with Herve was so that [after another season in Moto2] I could have two years in MotoGP. The rookie season would be my rookie season and the second year was going to be the time to be able to perform.

The kind of job that Cal's been doing this season is remarkable and by no means am I expecting to do that. but mixing it with the other privateer motorcycles is the plan. To be mixing it with the Bradl's and the Bautista's is the plan.
And next year the bike you will have will be pretty close to a full factory Yamaha?

Bradley Smith:
Yes, absolutely. I have a contract directly with Tech 3 and I'm a full Tech 3 rider until the end of 2014.
You see a lot of comments from doubters who ask why you got this ride in MotoGP, how do you justify yourself?

Bradley Smith:
The only way I can justify my ride is the fact that I was given that contract. I'm actually on target for being the British rider to score the highest number of points in their rookie year.

You really can't compare year on year, situation on situation anyway because the context changes. I do believe that in my rookie season I haven't done a bad job.

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Smith, Jerez MotoGP Test March 2013
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Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga win Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Bradley Smith tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
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September 28, 2013 1:52 PM

Fullofit? Apt username! So you HAVE the feedback from those IN the know and who HAVE the inside scoop on how well BS is doing - those who DO know what they are talking about? No you don't. And neither do I. So we can only take what bits of information there are, and take what comes from Herve and others in the paddock at face value. There are STILL those who flat deny that BS has a lower-spec bike than CC, even though its been widely reported from reliable sources. Seems ppl are biased to want to slate the guy so badly that they are prepared to IGNORE information they don't like, and MAKE UP stuff to undermine the fella! Please get a life, get some balanced perspective, and ask yourself why you have to get your jollies by hating on any of these guys. Two words.... SEEK HELP! Sorry, but this mindless slagging of riders by people who can't even use a reasoned argument for their negativity gets tiresome.


September 28, 2013 2:38 PM

@ Fullofit. I'll take your word for it about the T3 insight. The results so far don't suggest BS is setting the world on fire - he's admitting this himself. Nor is he having dismal finishes - he's in a sort of no-mans land that seems to make a rider disappear off the radar. But BS seems to be a whipping boy ever since his ride got announced. Bautista has had his fair share too, though of late haters seem to have forgotten about him (and he didn't deserve most of what he got dished out either IMO). Bradl escapes largely from criticism, yet he could be seen as an under-achiever given he has the best bike (Honda) and the best supported satellite (factory) ride as well. Yet he doesn't get the vitriol reserved for BS either. Stoner never got the benefit of the doubt and Smith doesn't either, while others get every consideration. I don't know what it is, or why this happens, but its unnecessary.

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