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British MotoGP: Smith 'The new era of racers is coming'

"It's exciting times and it means that the era I grew up against was very competitive. We've all made it to MotoGP. It's cool" - Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith has welcomed the news that countryman Scott Redding will step up to MotoGP next season.

Both Redding and Moto2 title rival Pol Espargaro are now confirmed in the premier-class for 2014, where they will re-join former rivals such as Smith, Stefan Bradl, Andrea Iannone and current MotoGP title leader Marc Marquez. spoke to Smith at Silverstone on Thursday, where he gave his reaction to Redding's newly confirmed Gresini Honda deal and thoughts on the present Moto2 battle between Redding and Smith's future Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Espargaro.

“I want Scott to win this championship. I want there to be a British Moto2 world champion and I'm fully behind that,” Smith declared.

“The fact that they are all coming to MotoGP, it just brings us all back to together again.

“I think Scott will be on a slightly different programme, being on a Production Racer, whereas Pol will be on a full prototype. So Pol is probably going to be more of a rival next year, but I'm glad that both of them have made it to MotoGP.

“The new era of racers is coming. Our group of guys are starting to come in and take over. It's exciting times and it means that the era I grew up against was very competitive. We've all made it to MotoGP. It's cool.”

Asked about the differences between racing in Moto2 and MotoGP, Smith replied: “In MotoGP the top riders never make mistakes. I mean they are like robots. They can put together 20-25 faultless laps. If you sit behind waiting for a mistake it'll never happen.

“You've got to make a pass happen; they don't give it to you.

“In 125cc or Moto2 you could sit and wait for a mistake - maybe a rider would brake a little early on one lap. MotoGP guys don't. So you've got to make it happen. You've got to get in there, ruffle some feathers and try to get underneath the rider ahead without making a mistake. That's the hardest thing.”

Smith has taken a best finish of sixth (twice) so far in his rookie MotoGP season.

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August 29, 2013 11:21 PM

i'm quite sure if the legendary barry sheene were alive today chances he would've been proud of the up and coming british talent in motogp and wsbk as it has gotten much better than past times.... as for american talent though, I'm still a believer in both nicky hayden and ben spies(even though I feel yamaha undercuted his career), but sadly thing aren't looking good in that area. its not say there aren't any competitive american talent out there(as there are many in AMA) but that talent seem to be overlooked thanks in part to dorna focus on spaniards.


August 30, 2013 11:49 AM
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MotoGP under Dorna's stewardship is farcical & getting worse, as factory influence through supply extends like cancer, ousting independence with factory control. The general finishing order is predictable now, & has been. You can even take a good guess at how a race will pan out (i.e. marquez sits sandbagging in a safe lower position then uses his advantages to push through for the win - SURPRISE!). The dummies lap it up. Smith, Scott, Espagaro & Iannone may well be the new breed. But they are a breed in captivity - cos none of them are actually FREE and supported well enough to actually COMPETE. All these guys are wasting their careers & risking their health for a guaranteed non-return, unless a factory spot comes up and their face fits. Note though that "moving up through the ranks" from mid-field bikes to the good stuff is rare - so chances are all of them are also in a dead-end mid-field career-killer position. MotoGP seriously lets down its Riders.

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