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MotoGP Star of the Year vote - 7th: Bradley Smith

You vote Bradley Smith 7th in Crash.net's MotoGP Star of the Year poll
7th - Bradley Smith
Average score out of ten: 7.1
Team: Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Bike: YZR-M1 (Satellite)
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Poles: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Championship points: 181
Championship position: 6th out of 28

Bradley Smith, the top satellite rider in this year's world championship, is also the highest non-factory rider in your Star of the Year vote.

Outscored by rookie Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Pol Espargaro last season, Smith came into 2015 with plenty to prove - and soon confounded his critics.

Faster, calmer and more consist, Smith finished every race inside the top ten, peaking with a career-best second place in tricky conditions at Misano.

The Englishman had taken over top satellite honours from countryman Cal Crutchlow at round six and went on to finish the season 56 points clear of the LCR Honda rider, with Espargaro a further nine points behind.

Smith also took on some of the factory stars, his final championship ranking of sixth placing him in-between Ducati Team riders Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso.

Away from MotoGP, Smith's reputation was enhanced further by helping Yamaha claim a historic victory in the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race, alongside Espargaro and Katsuyuki Nakasuga.

Tech 3, often criticised for re-signing Smith, faced no such remarks this year and the #38 will return eager to put himself in the shop window for one of the many factory seats up for grabs in 2017.

About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Riders' World Championship standings, the MotoGP Star of the Year poll expects viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results.

Over 100,000 votes were cast for the 2015 Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll, where viewers awarding each of this year's participants with a mark out of ten.

2015 MotoGP Star of the Year: Results so far
7th Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 7.1
8th Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati 6.4
9th Aleix Espargaro SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 6.2
10th Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team 5.9
Full ranking to be revealed alongside the winner.

Bradley Smith in the Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll
MotoGP Star of the Year 2015: 7th
MotoGP Star of the Year 2014: 10th
MotoGP Star of the Year 2013: 8th
MotoGP Star of the Year 2012: N/A
MotoGP Star of the Year 2011: N/A
MotoGP Star of the Year 2010: N/A
MotoGP Star of the Year 2009: N/A
MotoGP Star of the Year 2008: N/A


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Braap

December 17, 2015 3:38 PM

I've always liked Bradley not only for his racing but the way he conducts himself. His first results in MotoGP weren't ideal but he has improved solidly year on year, he has also never moaned about equipment which might be affecting results such as having a different bike to Cal C. If he improves again, which he's got every chance of doing given that he'll have an equal bike to Pol now, he'll be snapping at the heels of the aliens and might, just might, get himself a win and a factory ride. He's also had a pretty large amount of slagging off to contend with on forums such as this. It's as if people think that Herve doesn't know anything about riders and also that Bradley should relinquish his seat because some fans think that he should. I think he's proved himself this year (though to me his performance on the Mistral had already done that).



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