Bradley good to go

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Submitted by Niall Mackenzie on Tue, 08/02/2011 - 10:14

Whitley Bay is not somewhere you’d ever expect to meet a Grand Prix star in the off season but that’s exactly where I happened to bump into Bradley Smith at the weekend.

We were up there joining a whole load of generous bikers in the Trojan Rooms on South Parade for a cracking night with the proceeds going to the Faraha orphanage in Kenya.

I noticed our Bradders has grown a few centimetres but that matters less now as he has moved from a 125 to the more spacious Tech 3 machine with Mike di Meglio as his team mate. He has just landed back from a month of hard training in California with Cal Crutchlow, Ben Spies and the Hayden brothers so is in top physical shape for the season ahead. Testing begins this weekend in Valencia so we’ll all soon know who is hot and who is not for the second season of Moto 2 mayhem. ‘I’m looking forward to getting back to work and to get as close as I possibly can to the competition before the first race in Qatar’. ‘The team is fantastic and seem able to react quickly to any changes or requirements I have with the bike. ‘Qualifying in Moto 2 is hugely important so my goal is to be right up there in practice to give myself the best possible chance for the race’.  ‘My aim is to be in the points in the opening races then build up as the season progresses’. Personally, I don’t think you have to be mental to do well in this championship as proved by last year’s winner Toni Elias. He proved staying calm and keeping the opposition in sight every weekend was the key to success. As well a having natural talent in abundance, Bradley has always appeared to me to be the intelligent, logical type so hopefully these qualities will serve him well in season ahead.

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