Britain’s Bradley Smith believes he will be able to quickly adapt to the demands of Moto2 at this weekend’s Silverstone round after riding MotoGP, MotoE, motocross and supercross bikes this year.
Smith is standing in for the injured Khairul Idham Pawi in the Petronas team and it will be his first Moto2 race since he switched up from the championship in 2013 - but the Triumph-engined machines are a world away from the Honda-power bikes on which he used to compete.
“Fortunately for me, I’ve been riding a lot of different bikes this year, from motocross and supermoto to MotoGP and MotoE. I think that should make adapting a little easier, because I’ve already been jumping from a 260kg electric bike with 140 horsepower to something that’s 100kg lighter and has double the power,” said Smith.
Every world championship is a competitive place and coming in in the middle of the season is tricky because everyone is already up to speed, but I hope I can adapt quickly.
“I think I understand the new Moto2 riding style, so I’ll have to change some things but hopefully not too many. Silverstone is a circuit where you have to be brave.
“It’s one of my favourites of the season. It’s already been a fantastic year for the team, so I’m looking forward to raising my level and maintaining the team’s good performance.”