MotoGP
R
Spanish GP
30 Apr
-
03 May
Next event in
39 days
14 May
-
17 May
Next event in
53 days
R
Italian GP
28 May
-
31 May
Next event in
67 days
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
74 days
18 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
88 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
95 days
R
Finnish GP
09 Jul
-
12 Jul
Next event in
109 days
06 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
137 days
R
Austrian GP
13 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
144 days
R
British GP
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
158 days
R
San Marino GP
10 Sep
-
13 Sep
Next event in
172 days
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
187 days
R
Thailand GP
02 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
194 days
R
Japanese GP
15 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
207 days
R
Australian GP
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
215 days
R
Malaysian GP
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
221 days
13 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
236 days
R
Argentinian GP
20 Nov
-
22 Nov
Next event in
243 days
R
Valencia GP
27 Nov
-
29 Nov
Next event in
250 days

Smith hits out at “reckless” Bradl after Brno pile-up

shares
comments
Smith hits out at “reckless” Bradl after Brno pile-up
By:
Aug 7, 2018, 11:50 AM

Bradley Smith has slammed Stefan Bradl for his “reckless” riding after the Honda rider took him out on the opening lap of MotoGP’s Czech Grand Prix.

Wildcard rider Bradl was blamed for causing the three-way melee at Turn 3 that claimed Smith’s KTM and the Yamaha of Maverick Vinales on the first lap of the Brno race.

While he was unavailable for comment after the race on Sunday, Smith addressed the media on Monday after taking part in post-race testing as KTM’s only rider, with teammate Pol Espargaro absent due to injury.

“Stefan lunged, I think he tried to overtake four people up the inside, tucked the front and then skittled both me and Maverick,” recounted Smith.

“I saw him go down, slid into me and both of our bikes hit Maverick just on the rear swinging arm, down he went.

“I was a little bit baffled by Stefan’s comments that he didn’t know what had happened, so I was looking for a video or a picture to refresh his memory.”

Asked if he was surprised that the stewards took no action, Smith replied: “Very surprised.

“That’s the second time in two weekends that Stefan has caused something, at the Sachsenring he slowed me down in Q1. He didn’t look behind on an out lap and slowed me down in the last sector.

“I believe [he was given] a warning, and then he’s taken two guys out. And if you listen to [Jack] Miller’s comments, it was clear that it was a reckless move.”

Crutchlow dismayed at "wrecked" test part

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow was well ahead of the incident of the time, but criticised stablemate Bradl for taking a gamble on the opening lap for little apparent gain.

It’s understood Bradl was using a carbon swingarm, and the British rider hinted that he had been set to test this on Monday until the part was damaged in the first-lap crash.

“He was absolutely out of control,” said Crutchlow of Bradl. “He basically tried to pass on the grass on the inside. There are tyre marks on the inside, red marks where he's gone down.

“He could have just rode around, done a solid race and got some information for Honda, not cleaned everyone up. I'm just disappointed he wrecked something maybe that I could have had.”

Additional reporting by Gerald Dirnbeck

Next article
Rossi: Mexico F1 circuit too dangerous for MotoGP

Previous article

Rossi: Mexico F1 circuit too dangerous for MotoGP

Next article

Ducati’s Brno win down to horsepower - Crutchlow

Ducati’s Brno win down to horsepower - Crutchlow
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Event Czech GP
Drivers Bradley Smith , Stefan Bradl
Author Jamie Klein