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Dark Horses In 125cc: Bradley Smith

Dark Horses In 125cc: Bradley Smith

Dark Horses In 125cc: Bradley Smith

This time last year, fresh faced Bradley Smith was making preparations for his first season in the 125cc World Championship. Twelve months of experience and a series of impressive finishes later, he will be hoping to take his performances to the next level in 2007.

Smith's story is a familiar one to those with a keen eye on the lower cylinder class. Turning to road racing after a motorcross accident, the selection for, and eventual graduation from, the Red Bull MotoGP Academy, the runner-up spot in the Spanish CEV Championship….all leading up to his incorporation in the Repsol Honda team as their sole rider for the 2006 season.

The 16 year old from Oxford took his first points at Donington Park, unfortunately followed by a fractured left wrist at the Czech Republic Grand Prix which knocked Smith off rhythm. The wrist injury recovered in time for him to practice both on the bike and on the computer, the latter being a familiar pastime for the youngster as he tried all possible means of learning new tracks. Surprisingly, it was at one of these unknown circuits where he took his best result of the year, eighth at Motegi in the Japanese Grand Prix.

As part of a depleted 125cc field in 2007, with three of the favourites moving up to 250cc, Bradley has his best shot yet at consistent top ten finishes or better. The 2006 rookie of the year is no longer going solo for Repsol Honda, and now faces healthy competition from new team-mates Esteve Rabat and Stefan Bradl.

125cc, 2007, Bradley Smith, Stefan Bradl

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