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Matthew Birt  says:

Patience the key for Bradley Smith, says Cal Crutchlow

Being patient and gradually building up experience and confidence will be crucial in helping British rookie Bradley Smith emerge into a consistent future podium threat in MotoGP. That’s the opinion of Smith’s teammate Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammate Cal Crutchlow, who has developed from a struggling rookie in 2011 into a major rostrum contender in 2013. Crutchlow was only 12th in the...

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BennytheRev

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BennytheRev says:

Nice Cal ...

... I'm liking the way that Crutchlow appears to be easing back into his burnt-out, Colin Edwards-type, mentor role at Tech3. Very mature indeed - but then Cal's older than most.  

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AussieInSUI

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AussieInSUI says:

dreaming...

Since 2006 Smith has had 3 victories, in all classes. 2 victories when he was runner up (beaten, to my knowledge only by Hayden's effort in 2006 when Nicky won 2 and the championship) and 1 in the next year.

The question begs to be asked.

How in gods name did this guy end up with Tech 3 ?

Must be his ability to sell products for the sponsors. Couldn't be anything else.

Iv'e got a hat inpregnated with bubonic plague and if Smith ever becomes an alien I'll eat it.

O M G

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CHRainmaker

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CHRainmaker says:

"but then Cal's older than most"

..faster too. Class.

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

How in gods name did this guy end up with Tech 3 ?

It's a question that's been answered many times so I'll cut & paste the last time...

"He had the deal sewn up long before the 2012 results based on his 7th in the 2011 season when there were only 6 riders above him in the championship... 3 of those 6 have moved up to MotoGP anyway... another 2 finished below him in 2012 (proving he was the better choice) leaving only Luthi (who's apparently 5 years older than Smith) on that basis as a more qualified rider for the slot."

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eddl

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eddl says:

"Next year if I’m back I’ll be faster again but it takes time in MotoGP. In the first year I expected to come and win because I was winning somewhere else but it doesn’t happen like that and I learned that very fast." Good job he ain't got marquez as a team mate, that would butt fuck his theory

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comeragh

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comeragh says:

Bradley

cant see him doing anything in moto gp just not got the talant for this level.id love to see him up there but just cant see it

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stonerd

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stonerd says:

nationalities

the money men in moto gp are attempting to break the Italian/Spanish stronghold on the sport in an attempt to make it more global and attract more money. Smith by rights/results/talent shouldn't be there (yet) and Cal is fortunate to still be. Iannone would of been a much better choice to team up with Cal.... in my humble opinion.

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Stonered

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Stonered says:

So Cals the first pommie to get a podium for 12 years....seems to me he's the best pommie rider you guys have....might be time to cut him some slack.

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wosihound

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wosihound says:

Patience & poker..

Yeah..Cal's a Pom who we should of course, all give our unconditional support to and shout about from the rooftops?

No..that's not the way shit happens over here.

I think most Brit race fans want him to do well but a lot are getting pissed off with his attitude.

He whines about his bike, a very good bike on which Dovi fared miles better last year, reckons he's a factory standard rider and brown-noses Lorenzo all the time..Two lucky podium? Anybody'd think he was a ex GP champ clutching the short straw the way he yawps.

He ought to thank his lucky stars he's not on a Ducati. 

He showed way too much patience waiting behind the Honda's, without showing a wheel..then gambles it all on the brakes and pride as Rossi comes past, because he's on the same bike, and makes himself look a chump again?

I've yet to laugh at one of his jokes and tbh..reckon he's a bit slow on the uptake.

I don't think he's the best Brit rider we've got either.

Can't wait for the excuses when Brad beats him in a straight fight.

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

Stonered...

"Smith by rights/results/talent shouldn't be there (yet) and Cal is fortunate to still be. Iannone would of been a much better choice to team up with Cal.... in my humble opinion."

Smith was signing with a team that had come 9th & 12th in the 2011 championship with one podium from Edwards... conversly Iannone, an Italian, was signing with a new but fully factory supported Ducati team who had a new frame, 2 podiums, 7th & 8th in the championship, & Rossi to sort the bike out. The fortunes of the 2 teams changed a little during 2012 but Smith was already riding for Tech 3 in Moto2... done deal.

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