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August 12, 2015 1:26 PM

MotoGP » Smith keen to protect top satellite status

Smith will be staying with Tech 3 next year, and it'll probably be announced at the Brit GP. However, it seems like that's only due to Alex Rins declining the ride. According to Rins' management (as reported on Speedweek), Lin Jarvis offered Smith's Tech 3 ride to Rins 3 times during the summer break but was turned down, Rins preferring another year in Moto2. No wonder Smith has been less than diplomatic about Yamaha just recently. He's obviously way down their list of priorities, and knows it.


August 13, 2015 9:36 AM

MotoGP » Smith keen to protect top satellite status

TheBoogieMan: Dont blame Yamaha for trying to lock up Rins.. Hes the next best thing to Maverick right now as far as young riders go.
Yeah, there's kind of a craze in the paddock right now of teams trying to sign up the youngest, fastest kids and get them into MotoGP asap. It really kicked off with Vinales being signed to Suzuki, and now everyone wants to get in on the new talent before the rest. I think over the next couple of seasons that's going to make certain riders already in MotoGP very vulnerable when it comes to securing seats.


August 11, 2015 12:55 PM

MotoGP » Poncharal: Smith has raised some eyebrows…

Matt2: Smith has always been Herves rider...If it was up to Herve I think there would be contract already.
Yes, if it was purely down to Herve, I think Smith would have already have a deal. Yamaha, on the other hand, would probably rather pack BS off to WSBK on the new R1 and bring in someone like Rins. They were never keen on him joining the team in the first place and still don't seem that interested. I think Brad will finally sign for another year, but I suspect 2016 will probably be his last with Tech 3. There are just too many fast young riders coming through.


August 11, 2015 1:54 PM

MotoGP » ‘Loose rear feeling’ puts Redding outside top ten

Yep, Scott had a very similar season to this one in 2011 on board the Suter, which he just couldn't get comfortable with, citing the same issues of grip and feel. No one blamed his crew chief back then. He just never gelled with the bike. And if you read SR's reports on his current problems, he discusses the issues in terms of vague sensations and impressions rather than analysing more concrete things like the effects of frame geometry, weight transfer, ride height etc. Which makes me believe he's perhaps more of an intuitive rider than a technically-minded one (like Rossi or Bradley Smith). Basically, it seems that with Redding it's like trying to catch lightning in a bottle. Put him on a bike 100% to his liking and the results could be spectacular. But there doesn't seem to be any sure way to achieve that, hence the growing frustration in the team.

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