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Matthew Birt  says:

Bradley Smith motivated by Cal Crutchlow's form

Bradley Smith says Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammate Cal Crutchlow’s impressive winter testing form is providing the perfect motivation for him to quickly improve in his rookie MotoGP campaign. Crutchlow ended the 2013 pre-season in stunning style in Jerez yesterday (Monday) when he clocked the fastest time of a rain-hit three-day session. A best lap of 1.39.511 put Crutchlow 0.014s clear of...

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Dec 08

Posts: 60

assen03 says:

Nice and easy does it!

That is a great attitude to take forward. Small steps is a lot better than breaking you leg early in the season. Good luck mate!

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Apr 12

Posts: 586

it must be

A daunting task....turning up from moto2...and think your going as fast as is possible and your team mate is 1.6 seconds quicker.......marquez must be absolutely bonkers fearless...I can see some mighty crashes coming his way just like lorenzo.....but here's hoping not

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Apr 11

Posts: 1681

ow01fogno1 says:


im sure this season his goal is to finish as many races as possible and knowing tech 3 they will want only that, marquez however will go gung ho so to speak so dont judge just from testing. brad can put a good race together when its right for him as most can. one thing he wont be doing is taking silly risks.

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Mar 09

Posts: 5451

Nostrodamus says:

Pressure free?

Well O.K Mr Smith, if that's your take on it, good for you.

Fatrat's got it in one. Iannone (who I don't particularly rate)  is a diamond in the rough with a style which does not suit the hairy chested half baked Duke, but his pedigree over Smith is shining though already.

I would suggest Smith has plenty of pressure, from himself, from his team mate, his competitors and least not from Herve to justify the mystifying early signature of Smith to MotoGP.

Good luck to the young man though. He's on the most rider friendly MotoGP machine, with tyres much more forgiving than a couple of seasons ago. He'll chip away and accumulate points at most G.P's. That might put him ahead of a few at seasons end who garner better individual GP results but decorate the scenery with C-F on a few occasions.

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Feb 12

Posts: 44

Jl46 says:

might say pressure is off but if he doesnt beat iannone over the course of the season with a better bike questions will be asked.i do however think he will come good may have to wait till next season though, as cal did

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Aug 11

Posts: 595

ChupaChump says:


I hate to kick young Bradley when he's down but I'd love to have seen Espargaro continuing his fierce rivalry with MM in the big league. The satellite Yam mightn't be a match for the factory Honda ATM but I'm sure Pol wouldn't be as far back as brad is? Factory Yamaha need to pull their finger out with that seamless transition box as well - even Ducati have one. WTF?

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Feb 12

Posts: 182

BarkerBill says:

The Smith Factor

I've been baking my own bread for some years now and very wholesome it is too, but as I have explained during a previous lecture last year, the Oxford Freshman has never ever really proved his worth, even under the guidance of Puig, love him or not, yet still you hail him, Bradders, as the coming mesiah. Would be nice, but  won't happen. Catchment Superbike will pick him up in a couple of years time and we'll all live happily ever after. You've been told, thus no more nonsense please.




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Jan 13

Posts: 10

YPM47 says:

he's only doing as he's told

tech 3 pay Bradley's wages, and he is doing exactly what they want - take it easy, learn the bike, everything in little steps. That's the way Tech 3 work - they dont want him to have an expensive crash, dent his confidence or worse -injure himself. There is absolutely nothing to prove in testing. knocking him for following advice from a very experienced team is just plain stupid.

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