Yamaha MotoGP world champion rider Jorge Lorenzo (back) falls behind Paul Bird's James Ellison of Britain during the Valencia MotoGP Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste, near Valencia November 11, 2012. REUTERS-Heino Kalis
Bradley Smith acclimatizes to motogp more easily than some suggested he might- he gets a hard time in the UK, most prefering Redding or Crutchlow it seems but Herve Poncheral, boss of Tech3 Yamaha is not a fool. He thought it worth signing Brad when he was in moto2 for three years (virtually unheard of in bike racing) with a year remaining in moto2 and two guaranteed years in motogp. He has time to learn but was already nt far behind teammate Cal Crutchlow and within the top ten.