Bradley Smith second at MotoGP practice race

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, runs Potski Media, ex-BikeSocial boss. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

Bradley Smith on a race-prepped Yamaha R1 at Qatar. He'd never seen the track.
You’re about to race in the premier class of bike racing, you're an experience GP hand, and have won a Grand Prix, yet you’ve never raced at Qatar before and don’t know the track, so what do you do?

Get yourself on the Playstaton and watch some on-board videos? Maybe. Or you could do what Bradley Smith did before his forthcoming MotoGP debut season, get yourself a trick Monster-sponsored R1 and enter the Qatar International Road Racing Championship!

After some issues with a broken Carbon fibre clutch plates Bradley managed to qualify fourth and was second in the morning warm-up. He bogged down at the start and was back to seventh but managed to get back up to second place by lap 10 where he stayed until the finish behind MotoGP paddock veteran and former MotoGP race winner, Anthony West.

Race two was won by West, and Smith failed to finish after he lost third gear, not the greatest thing on a track that’s mostly ridden in third gear. But despite all that, it's job done for Bradley who can hit the ground running when he shows up on his 250bhp Yamaha M1.

The plucky Brit starts riding for the Tech 3 Monster Yamaha squad alongside Cal Crutchlow in MotoGP this season.

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