MotoGP » Bradley Smith: Excitement ahead of MotoGP debut

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A few objective points here: 1. Herve doesn't *always* get it right. Several of his signings in the past (including Toseland) didn't work out too great. Because the fact is nobody really knows for sure how a rider will perform when moving to the MotoGP class. Sometimes you have to take a risk. 2. Bradley was signed hastily because at the time Crutchlow was going through a run of horrible form, and it didn't look like he'd last more than his contracted 2nd year at Tech 3. And Herve needed to ensure that continuity of having a UK rider (nice Dorna cash) and Monster sponsorship (Bradley is personally sponsored by them). It was a very political signing. 3. Both Herve and Yamaha have since - allegedly - regretted that hastiness, and rumours of legal action to break the contract surfaced this year. So it hasn't necessarily been the happiest or smoothest of signings. And it does suggest a certain lack of confidence in Bradley's ultimate potential.

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