8th - Bradley Smith Average score out of ten: 6.17 Team: Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Bike: YZR-M1 (Satellite) Wins: 0 Podiums: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 0 Championship points: 116 (6.4 points per start average) Championship position: 10th out of 27

Tenth in the MotoGP World Championship during his rookie season, you voted Bradley Smith two places higher in Crash.net's Star of the Year poll.

After a pair of respectable, albeit not exactly headline-grabbing, seasons in Moto2, Tech 3 came good on its promise to promote Smith to the upper echelons of motorcycle racing in 2013, with the young Briton doing his best to grasp an excellent opportunity.

While some were quick to make comparisons with fellow Moto2 graduate (and eventual champion) Marc Marquez or podium scoring team-mate Cal Crutchlow, Smith kept his head down throughout some difficult early season moments - including a nasty hand injury at Mugello - and emerged to plot a broadly upward trajectory.

By the end of the season, Smith - riding the lowest spec M1 on the grid - had the measure of the factory Ducatis and claimed a season-best sixth place on three occasions, a position he also matched in qualifying.

Smith also scored points in all but three races, then turned a rapid pace on Yamaha upgrades at the post-season Valencia test - the perfect boost ahead of next year's contest with new team-mate and reigning Moto2 champion Pol Espargaro.

About the vote:
Over 30,000 votes were cast for the 2013 Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll, where viewers were asked to award each of this year's full-time participants - only Ben Spies and Karel Abraham, injured for large parts of the season, were not included - with a mark out of ten.

The average score for each rider was then used to determine the final ranking, which will be revealed in full once the winner is announced.

Voting instructions were as follows: "It's your vote, which means the criterion is entirely up to you. If you feel results are all that matter in racing, vote according to the championship standings or race wins. However most will feel factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality should also be taken into account.

"Remember, it's not just about who you want as the winner - often the most difficult decisions will be how highly to mark riders that finished lower down in the standings, on less competitive machinery."

Last year was the first year that the reigning MotoGP world champion had not won the Crash.net vote, will that be repeated in 2013?

2013 MotoGP Rider of the Year: Results so far 8th Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 6.17 9th Alvaro Bautista SPA Go&Fun Honda Gresini 5.90 10th Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team 5.48

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