Smith tips KTM for GP suc­cess

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One rider al­ready tip­ping KTM for suc­cess is Bradley Smith. Speak­ing to MCN, the Ox­ford­shire rider has ad­mit­ted that he wouldn’t be averse to join­ing the or­ange brand for their de­but sea­son.

“I think you need to be a real­ist in this world, and if I was to tell you I was go­ing to put my name on a fac­tory Yamaha con­tract ev­ery­one would as­sume I’ve been smok­ing some­thing over the win­ter!

“Re­al­is­ti­cally, the man­u­fac­tur­ers I want in­ter­est from are Suzuki and Du­cati – and you also have to be open to­wards KTM. They have lim­ited ex­pe­ri­ence, but ev­ery­thing they’ve turned their hand to, they’ve been suc­cess­ful at.

“You have to be smart, keep you ear to the ground and maybe be pre­pared to take a risk oth­ers aren’t pre­pared to. If it pays off, you look like a hero – hence my Misano podium last sea­son!”

The end of the 2016 sea­son sees most of the top names’ con­tracts com­ing to an end, and the ad­di­tion of KTM to the mix with a com­pet­i­tive ma­chine adds yet an­other el­e­ment to what is set to be one of the most hec­tic ‘silly sea­sons’ of re­cent years.

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