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Bradley Smith to take part in local race in Qatar

"You only have to see how MotoGP has exploded in Malaysia to understand what the success of local riders can achieve" - Bradley Smith.
2013 MotoGP rookie Bradley Smith is to race an R1 Superbike in the second round of the Qatar International Championship.

The race - at the same circuit where Smith will make his premier-class debut on April 7 - will conclude a busy trip to the Middle East for the Englishman, whose main goal is to promote motorcycle racing and advise local riders at some special track days.

First stop for the 22-year-old Monster Yamaha Tech 3 star will be the Bahrain International circuit on Saturday, where he will ride the R1 road bike prepared by Pete Beale Racing at a track day.

On Sunday he will be on hand to assist and offer advice to up and coming racers in a special practice day at the home of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix.

Smith then moves onto another F1 venue, the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, and also Dubai for a couple of track and practice days with road riders and racers.

He then completes his Middle East adventure on more familiar territory in the second round of the Qatar International Championship at the Losail International circuit.

Triple grand prix winner Smith will ride in practice and qualifying on the Friday and then two 15-lap championship races organised by the QMMF on the Saturday.

“I'm so looking forward to this trip - helping up and coming riders, riding new circuits which I've only seen on the television and to be honest enjoying a bit of sunshine,” explained Smith before flying out.

“I've been pushing really hard to make this happen. Of course it's great preparation for me before MotoGP testing gets underway in Sepang but also I'm certain there is some real racing talent in that part of the world.

“You only have to see how MotoGP has exploded in Malaysia to understand what the success of local riders can achieve. I end the trip with a couple of races in Qatar and it will be interesting to see just how the riders have improved actually racing against them.”

Smith's first MotoGP test of the year starts at Sepang in Malaysia on February 5.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Bradley Smith , Tech 3 , Qatar , Sepang

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CRT - Unregistered

January 02, 2013 12:55 PM

@ "22 year old MotoGP Star"...Well that remains to be seen Posted by The Bad Guy Horse sh!t. The worst rider on the grid is a star. Regardless as to my personal opinion that Smith did not deserve the ride above others, he is still a star, as they all are. Good to see that he is out promoting motorcycle racing, which is always a positive.

R1GURU - Unregistered

January 02, 2013 12:40 PM

Can I just say it was a delight to meet Bradley for the first time after he contacted me for the loan of a few parts for his trip . The lad is a nice honest polite person who we found to be a pleasure to have at our home . He now steps up to a massive chalenge but we all wish him the very best , we also got to talk to his Dad who is also one of lifes nice blokes . If only every racer was this nice , It reminded me of the old days .

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