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Bradley Smith

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Hometown: Oxford, Oxfordshire
Born: 28 November 1990 in Oxford, England

A motorcycle racer.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Bradley Smith page on 2 November 2015, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Bradley Smith is an English motorcycle racer, currently competing in the MotoGP World Championship. 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. Eurosport commentators Toby Moody and Julian Ryder have frequently noted his reputation for being at his best while leading races. He won the Suzuka 8 Hours in 2015 with Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Pol Espargaró.

Early years

Born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, Smith's father raced in Motocross, and the family owned an open practice track. Smith got his first motocross bike aged six.[2]

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.

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25 August 2012MotoGP - Tech 3 signs Crutchlow and Smith for 2013 Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey

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