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Valencia MotoGP: Smith pleased with rookie season

'The gap to the fastest guys is less than 30 seconds again, and that is a positive end to the weekend, and a really positive way to end the year' - Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith completed his debut season in the MotoGP World Championship with a seventh place finish in Valencia to round out his rookie campaign on a positive note.

Smith held sixth position in the opening laps as he held off team-mate Cal Crutchlow and eventually finished one place lower to earn a top ten finish in the championship.

It was the 22-year-old's 13th top ten result of the season but Smith was more pleased with his pace for the duration of the final race in Spain, crossing the line 30 seconds behind the leaders.

“Another seventh place, 116 points in the world championship standing and third place in the team standings should actually make me happy at the end of my rookie season,” said Smith, who finished 10 points behind Ducati's Nicky Hayden in ninth place in the points standings.

“The gap to the fastest guys is less than 30 seconds again, and that is a positive end to the weekend, and a really positive way to end the year.

“I think we definitely showed good progress throughout the season and I want to thank my team for the amazing job they have done in teaching and helping me over the last 12 months in this really tough category,” added Smith.

“It has been a lot of fun as well and I'm really grateful to have such an experienced squad behind me.

“The next seasons starts on Tuesday already, and I'm really excited about it.”

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November 10, 2013 8:16 PM

Really good, positive season from Bradders! Worked hard, learned, put in some decent results and progressed nicely in his first season. I really don't care what the detractors say, it means nothing at the end of the day and his results prove that he has every right to have his **** on a seat! When you get idiots saying there's a hundred people that should be on that bike ahead of Bradley, you know he's doing something right. Suck it up, kids... he's done better than you lot thought he would and it pains you all to give him credit where it's due, he may not have been a Marquez - but then nobody else was either!!! - but hey... we love reading your comments cause we know you are bending over into the Amritage Shanks! Go Bradders! Good luck for next season.


November 10, 2013 9:45 PM
Last Edited 204 days ago

@Fullofit: No, my standards are realistic, not low! It was his first season on a MotoGP bike and he has/had a lot to learn... as you would know being a racing fan?! Regardless of where the bike *could* be and where it's placed before, he's done well. If you take your comment of what the bike is capable of, then I put it to you, shouldn't Jorge have won the title? Shouldn't Pedrosa have won the title? Shouldn't Vale have won the title... etc, etc, etc. Your argument becomes pointless if you follow your own logic! It's people like you - who think they have the capacity to judge a rider and even decide that they shouldn't be on the bike - who are the laughable ones. Yes, everyone is entitled to their opinion but sometimes, opinions are better kept locked away. I've said this before but it's no wonder in this day and age that people are the way they are. Everyone wants something right here and now with not an ounce of waiting. Too much impatientness!

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