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Oli

May 18, 2015 1:04 PM

MotoGP » Top satellite Smith fights factory stars


Lots of people on this site over the last couple of years have been having a real pop at Bradley, saying he wasn't good enough to be in MotoGP etc. I see they all seem to have crawled back under their stones. Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi he is not, nor will he ever be. This may ultimately prove to be the peak of his career. But he is nonetheless a class act who deserves his ride. We've heard lots of claims that Smith wasn't in the same league as Pol, Redding etc, well they're all on fairly equal kit and Bradley is comprehensively outperforming them at the moment. Oli

Oli

May 18, 2015 5:05 PM

MotoGP » Top satellite Smith fights factory stars


@SuperSIck58 Given that there are 6 riders on full factory bikes (I'm not including Suzuki for obvious reasons), if we're working to your logic, you're right, we wouldn't expect Bradley to finish higher than around 8th or 9th. That's because for the satellite boys, 7th place is the equivalent of a win. So if Brad is finishing 7th / 8th / 9th when we have a full field of factory finishers, he is doing a pretty good job. And if he picks up 6th because Pedrobot has crashed, all the better. But what Brad has really done that is impressive, is run the factory guys close in both Texas and at Le Mans. He and Cal have been pretty close so far this season, and both have generally got the better of Pol. Bottom line, you don't finish a 44 minute MotoGP race within 1.3 seconds of Marc Marquez unless you deserve to be in MotoGP.

Oli

May 18, 2015 5:08 PM

MotoGP » Top satellite Smith fights factory stars


SmokinHaddock:
Oli: Indeed. Last I heard you were marshalling? I went road racing and did the TT, then finished off with a year at Thundersport last season. Now retired from racing with a baby on the way, guess we have to grow up at some point!
Did some marshalling, but just occassional track days now. Did Mugello last year on an MV F4. Spectacular! Being a Dad out ranks anything on a bike. Congratulations for when baby arrives :)
Thanks! I'm still staying involved, and looking to run a team at the TT in the next couple of years. Will keep me involved without risking the wrath of the family. :) And Mugello on an MV.... I'm jealous!

Oli

April 28, 2015 8:14 PM

MotoGP » Aprilia MotoGP form ‘in line with expectations’


Melandri is a head case, if the bike is good he can race with the best on his day, but when the bike is bad he is awful. We have seen it many times in his career, from his genius on the 990 Gresini bike (06) to being poor on the 800 Gresini bike (07), really awful on the Ducati (08) to being very good on the Hayate (09). If the bike works, so does Marco, but he has a weak mind.


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