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125: Smith considers Polaris, Aspar options.

British 125cc grand prix star Bradley Smith intends to stay with the Polaris World Aprilia team for the 2009 world championship, but a switch to the title-winning Aspar outfit is also possible.

The 17-year-old's third season of grand prix racing, and first with Polaris and Aprilia, has so far produced three podium finishes and seventh in the championship standings.

But that ranking would be much higher had it not been for three non-scores and Smith's raw speed has resulted in seven front row starts - including three poles - from the 13 rounds so far held.

"Nothing has been signed for next year yet," Bradley's father, Allan, told Crash.net.

"The main thing is to stay with Polaris; they are a great team with really good people - from the management down - and have been very good to Brad. Even when he was crashing there was never a problem, all they ever asked was 'are you okay?'

"If Brad had more experience, and a little less bad luck with things like the weather, then I think Brad would have won two or three races this year. He might even have won first time out for the team at Qatar, when he was fastest in every session but had a steering damper problem in the race.

"However, if Polaris decided not to continue next year and no new sponsor steps in then it may not be possible to stay."

Smith believes that there is no question of Polaris World, a Spanish property company that owns seven resorts, being 'forced' out of grand prix racing and that the decision will be based on marketing strategy.

"Polaris is a big company with a lot of private money and they can race next year if they want to," he explained. "It'll just come down to whether, with the economic downturn, Polaris decides it should spend four million euros on racing or use it on something like mainstream TV advertising instead.

"There are some interesting things going on behind the scenes, approaches from various manufacturers, so there's also a chance the team will be changing machinery," Allan revealed. "What happens will be a business decision and the team needs to examine all its options."

Such uncertainty over the future participation of Polaris prompted Bradley's management company to look for other options, resulting in positive interest from Jorge Martinez 'Aspar', whose team finished first and second in the 2007 world championship with Gabor Talmacsi and Hector Faubel.



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irn bru

September 20, 2008 2:20 AM

@ woody: You're right, MCN reported that Bradley had been given clearance to leave Polaris and that it would be officially announced Friday [yesterday] that he'd be signing with Aspar. That's yet to be seen, but reading what his Dad had to say, you can see where the 'rumours' have come from. Regardless of what team Brad signs with next season, one thing is for sure, it's bloody good to see a British rider with options as good as he has!

trixi - Unregistered

September 19, 2008 4:46 PM

Aspar Team is a wonderfull choice because Jorge knows how to turn a great rider into a Champion, and Bradley needs someone like him. I am satified with Polaris but if Bradley changes it will be very good news anyway. We will keep our support wherever he goes. GO BRAD!!! :D Trixi. www.bradleysmithfanclub.com



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