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Smith: The new era of racers is coming

29 August 2013

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.

Crash.net 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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