Brit gets dream GP ride

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British teenager Bradley Smith will be the sole rider for the Repsol Honda 125cc GP team managed by Alberto Puig in 2006.

The fifteen-year-old from Oxfordshire got the ride following a season in the CEV Spanish 125cc Championship, in which he won the last three rounds for the MotoGP Academy team. That took him to second in the championship, and he also racked up a win in the british championship at Outlon Park.

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Smith only switched to road racing after breaking his leg in motocross two years ago. He’ll now be managed by former GP star Puig, who has masterminded the three world titles won by Spaniard Dani Pedrosa.

“It’s all happened so fast but I will take it in my stride and not get carried away,” said Smith en ruote to a medical before two days of testing at Catalunya. “I can’t wait for the test to start. This will be a massive learning year for me and it will almost be like going back to step one.”

Smith will make his GP race debut on March 26 at Jerez in Spain.

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff