Bradley Smith

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team #38 British

Bradley Smith born in Oxford, England on 28th November 1990. He is a British 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. He won the Suzuka 8 Hours in 2015 with Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Pol Espargaró.

Britain’s Bradley Smith first raced a motocross bike at the age of six.

He spent a year in 2004 aged 13 competing in Aprilia Superteens competition, finishing fourth.

In 2005 he competed 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.

125cc World Championship

2006 Season

Bradley Smith joined the Repsol Honda 125cc Grand Prix World Championship squad, finishing 19th overall and rookie of the year, with a best result of 8th place in Motegi.

2007 Season

Remaining with the team in 2007, he took a first podium with third place at Le Mans. Nine more top 10 finishes left him 10th overall.

2008 Season

Smith joined the Polaris World Aprilia team. He took his first pole position at the opening round in Qatar on 8 March, but suffered a technical problem while leading. A number of midseason injuries affected him, he got another podium finishes at Jerez and Le Mans (after briefly leading the five lap sprint due to a red flag for rain). He led at both Assen and Sachsenring, but finished off the podium in both. He ended the season sixth overall, with three poles and four podium finishes.

2009 Season

Smith raced for Jorge Martínez's Bancaja Aspar Racing Team on an Aprilia. Smith won his first ever Grand Prix with a dominant performance at Jerez in May 2009. His first Pole Position came at Mugello where he took his second Grand Prix victory after a brilliant fight against Nicolás Terol and Julian Simon. This race put Smith in the lead of the Championship with 74.5 points, just 3.5 points ahead of Simon. However, Simon hit form and won the title. Smith finished second in the last three races of the season. He finished as series runner up.

2010 Season

Smith was a favourite for the title in 2010, after finishing runner up in 2009, however the year was dominated by Spanish trio Marc Márquez, Pol Espargaró and Nicolas Teról. Smith did however manage three pole positions and six podiums, including a win at the final round of the season in Valencia on the way to fourth place in championship standings.

Moto2 World Championship

2011 Season

For 2011, Smith began racing for the Tech 3 team, he signed a three year contract with Tech 3 that he would race in Moto2 until 2013, when he moved into MotoGP.

Smith started his debut campaign in the Moto2 class well with seventh in his first race with a fourth place finish at the Spanish Grand Prix. Smith scored his first podium with a second place finish in his home Grand Prix at Silverstone, with two third place finishes at the next two rounds. Smith finished his début season in the class, in seventh place in the final championship standings.

2012 Season

Smith was a consistent points scoring finishes, scoring points in all but two races, but without a podium. His best result was a fourth place finish at the Italian Grand Prix, and he eventually finished the season in ninth place in the final championship standings.

MotoGP World Championship

2013 Season

Smith raced a Yamaha M1 for Tech 3, with teammate Cal Crutchlow. He ended the season in 10th place, with 116 points, consistently finishing in the top ten riders. His best result was three sixth places obtained in the Catalunya, Spain, Sachenring, German and Philip Island, Australia.

2014 Season

Smith finished fifth in the second round, the Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas, achieving his best result so far. Then he took his first podium at Phillip Island, he took advantage of late race crashes for Cal Crutchlow and Espargaró to finish a well earned third. He finished fifth three times, in COTA, Texas, USA Aragon, Spain and Sepang, Malaysia. Gaining him 121 points and eight in the Championship.

2015 Season

Smith finished all of the races in the top ten, At the San Marino Grand Prix, Smith got his best MotoGP result with a second place finish, staying out on track on slick tyres as rain was falling. He dropped as low as 21st before riding past all the riders. With Scott Redding finishing third, the duo became the first pair of British riders to finish on a premier class podium since Barry Sheene and Tom Herron did so at the Venezuelan Grand Prix in 1979. He was the top Independent Team rider. His other best results were a fourth in Malaysia two fifth places, in Italy and Catalunya, Spain and six sixth finishes making him one of the most consistent racers of the season. He scored 181 points and came sixth in the Championship.

2016 Season

This year was more challenging for Smith. He suffered a crash in practice for the Oschersleben 8 hour race before the British GP, sidelining him for three races and meaning he needed two surgeries on his knee. This caused him to struggle racing, with not such a good season as 2015.However, he returned for the few last races with true British grit and determination, making a great comeback to score a lot of points. His best result was a seventh in Italy and three eight finishes in Losail, Qatar, Circuit Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina and Philip Island, Australia. He didn’t finish three and missed three races including his home race at Silverstone, Britain. Scoring just 62 points this year, and seventeen in the Championship table.

2017 Season

Smith joined the new Red Bull KTM Factory Racing for 2017. After a more difficult start to the season, Smith gained momentum by the year’s end, including taking two top ten finishes with the new team, at San Marino, Italy and Philip Island, Australia. Scoring 29 points and 21st in the Championship standings.

2018 Season

For 2018 he continues racing with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team along side team mate Spaniard Pol Espargaró.

- Roland Potter