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June 30, 2015 11:40 AM
Last Edited 1 day 17 hours ago

MotoGP » Smith: Seventh is difficult to swallow

SmokinHaddock: Nearly half way through the season and the championship positions are? SS58 - stop referring back to Moto2. Pol had a competitive bike, Smith had the most underdeveloped bike on the grid.
I'm afraid that your argument of undeveloped Mistral has already become too frimsy now. They had virtually identical bikes last year, and Pol defeated Brad on EIGHT occasions, while Brad did only FIVE (although some Brad supporters are still adamantly under the delusion that Brad defeateat Pol on more occasions lol). And Pol eventually finished his rookie year two places higher than Brad. That's good enough to indicate the difference in their talent. Citing disparity in their Moto2 bikes as an excuse is no longer feasible now that they have spent a whole year using same equipment.


June 29, 2015 10:07 PM
Last Edited 3 days ago

MotoGP » Smith: Seventh is difficult to swallow

Nas: He's been finishing in 5th quite regularly and capitilizing on the factory teams mishaps. he had an off day but still brought it home seventh, no reason to be hating on the guy.
No offfence, but no one with the sense would claim only 2 occasions out of 8 as 'quite regularly'.
Agreed! It wouldn't surprise me if Pol still edges Smith out in the final standings come race 18.
Agreed, because if I borrow their words, Pol has also been finishing in 5th 'quite regularly'. lol FACTS: - Brad has finished in 5 th on 2 occasions (Mugello, Catalunya). - Pol has finished in 5th on 2 occasions (Jerez, Assen). however, there is a notable difference between these 2 statistics. FACTS: - In Mugero and Catalunya, where Brad finished in 5th, MM, CC, AD all crashed out. - In Jerez and Assen, where Pol finished in 5th, no regular front runners crashed out.


June 28, 2015 11:06 PM
Last Edited 4 days ago

MotoGP » Smith: Seventh is difficult to swallow

Considering there was no one who had crashed out in Assen among those 14 factory class contenders, we can say that Smith finishing the day in 7th was a decent result. I give more credit to his having finished the day in 7th than finishing in 5th by inheriting some positions from others falls by luck. And what should be lauded is that Smith did pose a challenge against those in front of him this time (although his attempts were not successful in the end). Smith supporters would never admit that his lack of overtaking ability is one of his weakness, but it seems he is well aware of that. Smith himself admits that he had been like a spectator who had nothing he could do! Seventh is not what he should be disappointed with. If there's anything that he should be, it is the grave fact that he had failed to defeat his teammate this time.


June 28, 2015 10:09 AM
Last Edited 4 days ago

MotoGP » Bradl expecting surgery after scaphoid fracture

Having seen his good and solid result in Catalnia and the good form (maybe the best in this season) throughout the practice sessions in this weekend, it seemed to be a cinch for him to achieve the top open result this time in Assen. He had been plagued by some bad luck throughout the early phase of the season (although Crash hardly ever cover those), and we can say that those bad luck belied his true performance to some extent. The latest result in Catalnia seemed to indicate a change in his fortunes. But......, He indeed crashes way tooooooo often! Only the positive thing for him could be the fact that no one in the factory class (those 14 excluding two Aprilias) crashed this time and he had only missed out on taking single point.


June 18, 2015 9:54 AM
Last Edited 11 days ago

MotoGP » Crutchlow hoping for Assen boost

Maybe Cal should emulate his countryman's example - languishing in the tail of the mid pack and benefiting from others falls, and never forget to accentuate how SMART he is after the race cleverly diverting people's attention from the fact that he finished nearly 30s back from the top. I like Cal because I know he would never adopt such unambitious lowly attitude. Go on Cal, go on Marc. Win it or bin it, that's the spirit.


June 19, 2015 4:05 PM
Last Edited 13 days ago

MotoGP » Smith: Suzuki have done a good job

another93: Waiting for the seamless gear box .Maybe we can see it onwards from Aragon or Japan... who knows..they bought their first major upgrade in round 7 ..maybe in round 14 that seamless will be available i guess..ahhh ..who knows.
It may give you the impression that Suzuki took ONLY 6 races to make major upgrade to their engine, but actually it is said that the upgrade they made this time at the 7th round in Catalunia was a BELATED upgrade. The enhanced engine was originally due to make its debut much earier, preferably in the first round at Qatar, in the 4th round at Jerez at the latest. So it's not feasible to expect them to bring another upgrade so soon. After all Suzuki doesn't have such big R&D workforce like Honda, Yamaha or Ducati, so even minor issues can affect their development schedule profoundly. But as you say, yeah, who knows... Our expectations are high. Any surprise is surely welcome as a fan. :)


June 17, 2015 6:29 PM

MotoGP » ‘Maxed-out’ Smith leads stormy Catalunya test

ampere: Agree, but in that case, it must work both ways? .... then his problems were 'bumping up' the other riders, especially the Esps?
Bumping up the Esps? Umm...Smith only crashed twice last season (and in one of those races Pol crashed right along with him). Both of the Espargaro brothers crashed 4 and 5 times, and STILL came ahead of Smith.
No, Smith crashed out more than Espargaro brothers and he still defeated both of them, completely. That's what's in their mind, I'm afraid....

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