Bradley Smith to race an R1 in Qatar

Tech3 MotoGP rider heading to the circuit for the first time on a production bike

Posted: 3 January 2013
by Visordown News

Bradley Smith ... looking like a young Ian Lougher

BRADLEY Smith will race an R1 this weekend in the QMMF national championship.

Smith steps up to MotoGP this season to partner Cal Crutchlow and in doing so replaces Andrea Dovizioso who replaces Valentino Rossi at Ducati. Smith has spent two seasons with the Tech3 squad in Moto2 and finished at Qatar in 9th place last season, just 10.8 seconds off race winner Marc Marquez.

Smith will race in two 15-lap championship races. His Middle East tour continues to Abu Dhabi where he will ride at the Yas Marina circuit, then onto Dubai to ride and instruct at trackdays.

"I’m so looking forward to this trip – helping up and coming riders, riding new circuits which I’ve only seen on the television and to be honest enjoying a bit of sunshine," explained Bradley before flying out.

"I’ve been pushing really hard to make this happen. Of course it’s great preparation for me before MotoGP testing gets underway in Sepang but also I’m certain there is some real racing talent in that part of the world."

Smith’s first MotoGP test of the season starts at Sepang in Malaysia on February 5.The first grand prix of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship is under the floodlights at the Losail International circuit in Qatar on April 7.

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Go on Bradders!!! Hope this helps him get a grip on the M1!!

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 09:31

It will help him to learn the tracks, although not with the bike ... R1 vs M1 ... big difference in bikes and I am sure the tires QMMF is using is not the same tire as in MotoGP.

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 12:03

Without a doubt, on both counts, but it won't hurt to thrash round a bit. Really looking forwards to Bradders being in Moto GP this season.

Maybe people will understand how good he was on that Mistral 610 and stop slagging him off for being a "mid table rider". And "not understanding how he got the ride".

Bradley Smith is a class act.

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 17:01

I always thought he should do better than what we have seen so far from him. The fact he's good in wet shows you he can ride. I definitely like the guy ... very likeable fella.

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 14:39

Yes, it's nothing like an M1 with Bridgestones and Carbon brakes. But, if he was as shite as some reckon, would he have put it on the podium?

I think not.

G'wan Bradders!! :D

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 13:55

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