BRADLEY SMITH RECORDS AND MILESTONES
- March 2016 Signing factory contract with KTM starting in 2017
- October 2016 Australian Grand Prix 100th appearance for the Tech 3 team
- Last year he scored his very first MotoGP podium finish in 2015 when he finished third at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix behind Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo
- He was the highest placed British finisher in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship.
- In his Rookie MotoGP season he secured three sixth places and three second row starts.
- Smith scored more World Championship points in his Rookie MotoGP season than any previous British rider.
- Bradley became the youngest ever British rider to have a full-time ride in the MotoGP class in 2013
- Smith finished seventh in his debut season in the Moto2 World Championship. He finished on the podium in three successive grands prix including a second place at his home grand prix at Silverstone.
- He was the highest placed British rider in the Moto2 World Championship and finished in the top six on seven occasions.
- Smith finished fourth in the 2010 125 cc World Championship riding for the Aspar team. He finished on the podium six times and won the final grand prix of the season in Valencia. He secured three pole positions and 12 front row starts.
- Smith’s second place in the final 125 cc championship standings in 2009 is the best performance across all solo classes of GP racing since Barry Sheene was second to Kenny Roberts in the 1978 500cc world championship.
- His second place finish in the 2009 championship is the best performance by a British rider in the 125cc class since Chas Mortimer was second to Kent Andersson in 1973.
- Nine podium finishes in 2009 is the highest number of podiums by a British rider across all solo classes since Phil Read had eight podium finishes in the 500cc class in 1975.
- It is also the highest number of podium finishes by a British rider in the 125cc class since Chas Mortimer finished on the podium ten times in 1972.
- Bradley Smith scored a total of 223.5 points during the 2009 season. This is the highest number of Grand Prix points ever achieved by a British rider in a single season.
- At the Spanish GP in 2009 Bradley Smith became the second youngest British rider to win a Grand Prix, after Scott Redding who won at Donington in 2008.
- His win in Spain was the first ever win at Jerez in any of the solo classes by a British rider.
- It was also the first win in the 125cc class in Spain by a British rider since Chas Mortimer (Yamaha) won at Jarama in 1973 which was also the last overseas win in the 125cc class by a British rider.
- His win at Mugello in Italy made him the first British rider to have two or more wins in a season across all the solo classes of Grand Prix racing since Barry Sheene in the 500cc class in 1979.
- The Mugello win made him the first British rider to have two or more 125cc GP wins in a single season since Barry Sheene in 1971.
- At the French GP in 2007 he became the youngest ever British rider to finish on the podium at that time.
- This was also the first podium in the 125cc class for a British rider since Robin Milton finished second at the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in 1989.
- It was the first podium by a British rider in all classes of racing for over six years – since Jeremy McWilliams was 3rd in the 250cc race at the Pacific GP of 2001 at Motegi.
- In 2007 Bradley Smith was the first British rider since Clive Horton in 1978 to finish in the top ten in the 125cc world championship classification.
- Bradley Smith’s pole in Qatar in 2008 was the first in the 125cc class for a British rider since Chas Mortimer at the Belgium Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps in 1972.
- This pole in Qatar also made Smith the youngest British rider to start a Grand Prix from pole position.
- At the French GP in 2012 he became, at the age of 21 years 174 days, the youngest British rider of all-time to reach the milestone of 100 Grand Prix starts, taking the record from Mike Hailwood.
- In 2015 Bradley finished sixth in the MotoGP World Championship. He was highest placed British and non-factory rider.
- He scored top ten finishes in every race of the 18 round 2015 MotoGP World Championship.
- Bradley took his second MotoGP podium when he finished second in the San Marino Grand Prix 2015.
- Bradley brought the Yamaha factory team success in the prestigious 2015 Suzuka Eight Hour race in Japan.
I met Bradley and his dad Allan when he first started road racing and I am immensely proud of not only our friendship but also his career.
Brad is a true ambassador to the sport and the ultimate example to young aspiring sportsmen on not only the training and dedication that is required at that level but also the relationship required with the sponsors who help allow him to be there.
Both Bradley’s career and the progression of my own business, Revolution Signs, seem to have mirrored each other over the years and I am happy to say that my involvement in sponsoring Bradley has been based first on friendship more than commercially. I hope for it to continue to do so.