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Smith trains with football stars

“They presented me with a special first team shirt with number 38 on the back I don't think I'll be getting a call from manager David Moyes..." – Bradley Smith.
Bradley Smith sampled life in the English Premier Football League when he was invited to a special training session with Everton FC yesterday (Thursday).

The 22-year-old MotoGP rookie came through a strenuous 40-minute Premier League match fitness test with flying colours and was declared as fit as a first team player.

Oxford-based Smith was invited to Everton's Finch Farm training ground in Liverpool by assistant manager Steve Round, through Optimum Procurement, one of Smith's personal sponsors.

Smith watched the training session of the Everton first team, who currently lie an impressive fifth in the Premier League. He was then given a tour of the facilities before being put through his paces by the Sports Science team.

"It was a great honour to be given this opportunity to experience a structured programme and to talk and work with some of the country's most elite sports scientists," explained Smith, who makes his MotoGP debut with the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team in Qatar on April 7.

"They presented me with a special first team shirt with number 38 on the back but I don't think I'll be getting a call from Manager, David Moyes, to be in their line-up when they play at Southampton on Monday night.

"However, I'll be watching the game on the television with great interest especially after an insight into how hard those guys train."

It was back to training in the Oxfordshire snow for Smith on Friday in preparation for the first vital MotoGP test of the season at Sepang in Malaysia on February 5.



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

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Jon464646

January 18, 2013 8:43 PM

Im a big football fan myself, but I have to admit these days its full of wimps. They are pampered beyond believe. You can't even tackle someone properly, without them rolling around like they have been shot by a sniper!!! (See Vincent Kompany tackle from last weekend). Football is sadly now a game for wimps but rugby is a mans sport. A Leeds player a few seasons ago broke his jaw in the first half. He came out for the second with a bandage around it!!! A bit daft but manly haha .So is Moto GP, look how many of them have wrestled a bike around a circuit for a few weekends with broken legs, arms, wrists, etc, etc. Crutchlow, Pedrosa, Stoner, Rossi, De Puniet to name a few.



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