Bradley Smith (motorcyclist)
Bradley Smith (born 28 November 1990) is a British motorcycle racer, contracted to Aprilia for 2019 as a development/test rider in the MotoGP class of the World Championship, with an expectation of five wildcard race entries during the season. He will also appear in the new MotoE World Cup race support-series for electrically powered solo motocycles. Bradley Smith is the only rider to take a podium in all 4 classes of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. With top 3 results in the light weight class, intermediate class, Premier class and MotoE world cup.
Smith in 2012
|Born||28 November 1990|
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
|Current team||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini (Test Rider)|
One Energy Racing (MotoE Team)
Smith had a long association with the French Tech3 team, riding for six seasons, two in Moto2 class and four in MotoGP using factory-supported Yamaha YZR-M1 machines, before being informed his contract would not be renewed after 2016.
During 2017 and 2018, Smith rode for the KTM factory team, but failed to secure a competitive ride for 2019. He was a regular frontrunner in the 125cc class, recording three wins, twenty podium finishes as well as nine pole positions in his five seasons in the class. He won the Suzuka 8 Hours in 2015, with Yamaha teammates Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Pol Espargaró.
Smith applied for selection to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) academy for young racers, but was never chosen. He spent a year in 2004 aged 13 competing in Aprilia Superteens competition, finishing fourth behind three ACU Academy riders. In January 2005 he was asked to compete for the year in the Spanish 125cc championship as part of the MOTO GP Academy, winning the last three races ending the year 2nd just one point behind the champion.
125cc World ChampionshipEdit
Remaining with the team in 2007, he took a first podium with third place at Le Mans. Nine more top-10 finishes left him 10th overall.
Smith signed with the Polaris World Aprilia team for the 2008 season. He secured his first pole position at the opening round of the season at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on 8 March, but suffered a technical problem while leading. A number of midseason injuries affected him, but he scored podium finishes at Jerez and Le Mans (after briefly leading the five-lap sprint required by a red flag for rain). He led at both Assen and Sachsenring, but finished off the podium in both. He ended the season sixth overall, with three poles and four podium finishes but no victory.
For the 2009 season, Smith signed for Jorge Martínez's Bancaja Aspar Racing Team to continue to ride an Aprilia, alongside Julian Simon. The deal also included an option to race in 250s for the team in 2010. Smith had almost signed for the team in 2008, before signing for Polarisworld.
Smith won his first ever Grand Prix with a dominant performance at Jerez in May 2009. Smith's first Pole Position of the season came at Mugello in which he scored his second Grand Prix victory after a brilliant fight against Nicolás Terol and Julian Simon. This race put Smith in the lead of the Championship with 74.5 points, just 3.5 points ahead of Simon. However, Simon hit form and ultimately won the title. Smith finished second to his teammate in the last three races of the season, losing the lead on the final lap in two of them. He ultimately finished as series runner-up.
In August 2009, Smith stated his ambition to move up to the new Moto2 class with the Aspar team, but the team's two seats were given to Julian Simon and Mike Di Meglio instead. In November 2009, Smith agreed a deal to remain with the Aspar team in the 125cc class for 2010 alongside Nicolas Terol.
Smith was a favourite for the title in 2010, after finishing runner-up in 2009, however the year was dominated by Spanish trio Marc Márquez, Pol Espargaró and Nicolás Terol. Smith did however manage three pole positions and six podiums, including a win at the final round of the season in Valencia on the way to fourth place in championship standings.
Moto2 World ChampionshipEdit
After the 2010 Portuguese Grand Prix, it was announced that Smith would be competing in Moto2 in 2011, racing for the Tech 3 team, alongside one of the riders that had denied him a Moto2 move a year previous, Mike Di Meglio. On 19 September 2011, it was announced that Smith had signed a three-year contract with Tech 3 that would see him remain in Moto2 in 2012, before moving to MotoGP in 2013.
Smith started his debut campaign in the Moto2 class well with seventh in his first race before following it up with a fourth-place finish at the Spanish Grand Prix. Smith scored his first podium with a second-place finish in his home Grand Prix at Silverstone, and he followed it up with two third-place finishes at the next two rounds. Smith finished his début season in the class, in seventh place in the final championship standings.
Smith's 2012 season was full of consistent points-scoring finishes, scoring points in all bar two races, but without a podium. His best result was a fourth-place finish at the Italian Grand Prix, and he eventually finished the season in ninth place in the final championship standings.
MotoGP World ChampionshipEdit
Smith was promoted to the premier class aboard a Yamaha for Tech 3, with teammate Cal Crutchlow. He concluded the season in 10th place, with 116 points, running consistently within the top ten riders in most races. His best result were a trio of sixth places obtained in the Catalan, German and Australian Grands Prix.
In 2014, Smith continued to race with Tech 3, with teammate Pol Espargaró. He finished fifth in the second round of the championship, the Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas, achieving his best result at that time. Later in the season, Smith achieved his first podium in MotoGP at Phillip Island, finishing in third place; he took advantage of late-race crashes for Cal Crutchlow and Espargaró to move into the position. He also received a penalty point from Race Direction, after he was deemed to have overtaken another rider under yellow flags.
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Remaining with Tech 3 for the 2015 season, Smith finished each of the first twelve races in the top ten placings, with two fifth-place finishes being his best results. At the San Marino Grand Prix, Smith achieved his best MotoGP result with a second-place finish despite staying out on track on slick tyres as rain was falling – he fell as low as 21st in the race order before riding through the field. With Scott Redding finishing third, the duo became the first pair of British riders to finish on a premier class podium since Barry Sheene and Tom Herron did so at the Venezuelan Grand Prix in 1979.
|2006||125cc||Honda RS125R||Repsol Honda||38||14||0||0||0||0||20||19th||0|
|2007||125cc||Honda RS125R||Repsol Honda 125cc||38||16||0||1||0||0||101||10th||0|
|2008||125cc||Aprilia RSA 125||Polaris World||38||17||0||4||3||0||150||6th||0|
|2009||125cc||Aprilia RSA 125||Bancaja Aspar Team 125cc||38||16||2||9||3||3||223.5||2nd||0|
|2010||125cc||Aprilia RSA 125||Bancaja Aspar Team||38||17||1||6||3||1||223||4th||0|
|2011||Moto2||Tech 3 Mistral 610||Tech 3 Racing||38||16||0||3||0||1||121||7th||0|
|2012||Moto2||Tech 3 Mistral 610||Tech 3 Racing||38||17||0||0||0||0||112||9th||0|
|2013||MotoGP||Yamaha YZR-M1||Monster Yamaha Tech3||38||18||0||0||0||0||116||10th||0|
|2014||MotoGP||Yamaha YZR-M1||Monster Yamaha Tech3||38||18||0||1||0||0||121||8th||0|
|2015||MotoGP||Yamaha YZR-M1||Monster Yamaha Tech3||38||18||0||1||0||0||181||6th||0|
|2016||MotoGP||Yamaha YZR-M1||Monster Yamaha Tech3||38||15||0||0||0||0||62||17th||0|
|2017||MotoGP||KTM RC16||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||38||17||0||0||0||0||29||21st||0|
|2018||MotoGP||KTM RC16||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||38||18||0||0||0||0||38||18th||0|
|2019||MotoGP||Aprilia RS-GP||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||38||3||0||0||0||0||0*||NC*||0|
|Moto2||Kalex||Petronas Sprinta Racing||38||0||0||0||0||0||0*||NC*|
|MotoE||Energica Ego Corsa||One Energy Racing||38||2||0||2||0||0||36||2nd*|
|Class||Seasons||1st GP||1st Pod||1st Win||Race||Win||Podiums||Pole||FLap||Pts||WChmp|
|125 cc||2006–2010||2006 Spain||2007 France||2009 Spain||80||3||20||9||4||717.5||0|
|Moto2||2011–2012, 2019||2011 Qatar||2011 Great Britain||33||0||3||0||1||233||0|
|MotoGP||2013–2019||2013 Qatar||2014 Australia||107||0||2||0||0||547||0|
|MotoE||2019||2019 Germany||2019 Germany||2||0||2||0||0||36||0|
Races by yearEdit
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)
* Season still in progress.
Suzuka 8 Hours resultsEdit
|2015||Yamaha Factory Racing Team|| Pol Espargaró
- KTM MotoGP racer Bradley Smith announced as 2019 Aprilia test rider Autosport, 7 September 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018
- Bradley Smith signs deal to race in new MotoE series for 2019 Autosport, 5 November 2018. Retrieved 25 December 2018
- Bradley Smith to leave Tech3 MotoGP team after 2016 Autosport, 16 March 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2018
- "Official MotoGP profile". Archived from the original on 25 June 2007.
- Shea, Julian (26 March 2006). "Teenager Smith hits the big time". BBC News.
- "LONDONBIKERS". LONDONBIKERS. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2008.
- "Bradley Smith for full factory backed Aprilia 125".
- 2008 125cc Qualifying – Qatar[permanent dead link]
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- "Bradley Smith nearing full fitness for German clash".
- Ltd., Crash Media Group. "Smith column: Signing for Aspar. - MotoGP News".
- Sports, Dorna. "Aspar confirms Smith and Simon for 2009 125cc team". www.motogp.com.
- Bradley Smith for Moto2 in 2010
- Ltd., Crash Media Group. "125: Bradley Smith signs for 2010. - MotoGP News".
- "Smith and Di Meglio to front Tech 3 Moto2 effort next season". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 31 October 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
- "Smith signs Tech 3 MotoGP deal". Carole Nash. Insidebikes. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- "Maiden MotoGP podium for diligent Smith". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
- "Rossi takes 82nd premier class victory in incident packed race". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
- "Smith: "Luck favours the brave"". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
- "Two Brits join Marc Marquez on the podium". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.