Our guest reporter James Harrison recently caught up with Tech3 rider Bradley Smith at the latest MotoGP round in Brno to discuss his season so far and the news he has signed a new deal until 2015 with his current employers.
The British fans are extremely happy you have resigned to stay with Tech 3 Yamaha, do you think this could be the start of a long term relationship with Yamaha?
I’d like to think so! But the Yamaha M1 is a very sort after motorcycle, there’s really only four bikes coming from the Yamaha factory. Everyone is looking for a bike like that, so it’s very difficult to keep that seat. It’s a privilege to be going into a third year riding that bike, and I’ve certainly had enough opportunities and will have even more next year to showcase what I can do on a good bike.
There were rumours of going to Forward Yamaha but whatever offer you got the one you have taken is surely the most competitive package available?
Well I didn’t have a plan B, this was my plan A and the only thing that came into my mind, my only focus, and what I wanted to achieve. I’m just pleased I’ve got another 18 months inside MotoGP. If you haven’t showcased everything by the end of that time…then you don’t deserve to be here.
If you want to step up to the mark then three years is enough to do that.
This question has been asked a lot recently, so apologies! Is it a wrong move for Jack Miller to skip Moto2 and go straight to MotoGP?
I can’t really give an opinion based on ‘is it a wrong move?’ But based on my experience I believe you have to go to Moto2 to go through the physical changes, the mental changes, the speed and weight of the motorcycle. There is no reason why a rider can’t go from Moto3 to MotoGP, I think the right move is surely to do what everyone else has done. That’s been the same story all along, if you miss out the middle class you’re missing out on big body changes and an important experience.
JH: Bradley, thank you very much for your time!
BS: No Worries, you’re welcome.