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August 30, 2015 4:22 AM

MotoGP » Smith pleased to be clear of Ducati

FLtrooper: Even with a home track advantage, Its obvious why POL was given the contract first! :)
Would you like to elaborate?
He won't be able to. Smith has ridden Silverstone less than many on the grid, partly because he is younger than some other GP riders, and partly because most of the other Brits have ridden there more when competing in UK series. Smith only did one season in the UK. That was with the BMCRC Aprillia Superteens. BMCRC didn't use Silverstone at the time (I was also racing with that club at the time), and if they had have done, it would have been a different layout. The only advantage he has is a shorter commute.


August 29, 2015 3:32 AM

MotoGP » Smith: Silverstone surface plays to my strengths

Compare Smith's thoughtful analysis of his riding and his relatively gentle gibes at Yamaha (importantly they were about the contract, and not the quality of their product) to Redding's foul mouthed outright criticism of Honda's engineering capability. That folks is why Smith has turned himself in to someone capable of being 5th in the championship, whereas Redding languishes well outside the top ten.


August 29, 2015 3:24 AM

MotoGP » Redding talks Pramac Ducati offer

He is a naturally gifted rider, but yet again shows his lack of intellect. This has probably held him, and the inexperienced team, back in trying to set up a demanding bike. It is all very well being non-PR, a la Cal, but to criticise the Japanese in public is a big no no. He has been around the paddock long enough to have developed some cultural awareness. To add a few expletives in as well just makes it worse. Fair enough having a go at fellow riders (fine line here between confidence and arrogance), but he has burnt bridges. Off to Ducati he goes. Good luck to him. We always want more competition up the front end.


August 28, 2015 6:36 AM

MotoGP » Smith talks 2016 Yamaha, 2017 factory seats

FLtrooper: Bradley is dreaming if he thinks he will be on the Factory Yamaha Team! :)
Possibly, but when you are currently the best of the rest it isn't an unreasonable dream.
While I can agree on H1h2h3h4h5's view of Brad seeking a factory ride in other manufacturers than Yamaha, I think Bradder's chance of getting the Yamaha factory ride is too unrealistic. We are talking about the place on a factory M1 here, the most desireble ride for anyone contending in the motorcycle racing. You must include all non-aliens among 'the rest' in this case. Bradder is indeed currently ranked in the standings among 'non-factory guys' but that's simply not enough.
It is unlikely, hence why I said 'possibly'. Of course we both know Brad will be slated for having such a dream, and would be slated for lacking ambition if he didn't have such a dream.


August 28, 2015 7:10 AM

MotoGP » Smith talks 2016 Yamaha, 2017 factory seats

Noriben: @SmokingHaddock Dream and possibility are two different things.
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. T. E. Lawrence A Brough Superior man, so clearly he also liked to have the best ride available. Sadly it didn't end too well for him!

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