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Matthew Birt  says:

Bradley Smith: I needed more seat time

Bradley Smith admits that his MotoGP debut in Qatar next month will be a daunting experience because bad weather has robbed him of priceless time on track to adapt to Yamaha’s YZR-M1 machine. The Oxfordshire rider completed only 72 laps on slick tyres during the final three-day test in Jerez that was badly disrupted by rain and cold temperatures. He also lost...

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Aug 02

Posts: 2323

Hedgehog5 says:

Not sure FatRat...

He's done 3 tests on the satellite machine to MM's 5 on what some are calling the best bike on the grid & is only 1 sec off MM's pace. With less experience & a non-factory bike should he be as fast as MM? (All things being equal would you expect him to be as fast as MM?)

He says he needs track time... as a rookie it's the most important factor in getting up to speed. You think 3 tests is enough?

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Jul 06

Posts: 2050

buelligan272 says:

Good luck to

Bradley and I hope he manages to improve with more track time.
The tests he has done have gone reasonably well but it was a shame about all the wet weather.
Would love to Bradders battling with his team mate by the end of the season.

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Jul 12

Posts: 3297

wosihound says:

You've had plenty of sheep..Baa

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Mar 09

Posts: 5451

Nostrodamus says:

Fast is as fast does Hedgy

In this company Smith is not fast, nor likely to be.

2013 is one of the easier years to be a Rookie with the Rossi spec more compliant rubber 'talking' to the riders far more than the treacherous highside hoops of 2010/2011.

I thought he'd found a couple of base settings already going by previous tests.

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May 12

Posts: 1007

cornbowl says:


is going to need to improve on his performance to get within the top 10, that's for sure.

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Jan 11

Posts: 301

yzrm1 says:


i don't think he wil ever be able to go fast. i think herve made an big mistake. he maybe a nice guy but he has to be carefull not being beaten by crt all season.

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Jan 13

Posts: 10

YPM47 says:

did you know

Brad's time of 141.1 was about the same as Dovi's qualifying time at Jerez last year ? Not bad considering that he was under orders not to go for a quick lap and sent out each time with a full fuel load. not once did he get a splash and dash set up. Unlike some of the other riders. I seem to remember Cal putting in quick times in qualy then suffering badly as he tried to get to grips with a top heavy bike at the start of each race. looks like Tech 3 are trying to avoid the same thing with Bradley and going for race set up.

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