SMITH LOVES TUBU­LAR STEEL FEEL

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Bradley Smith was beam­ing af­ter his first go on KTM’S new Motogp mis­sile.

De­spite en­gi­neer­ing ex­perts crit­i­cis­ing the Aus­trian firm’s de­ci­sion to use a tubu­lar steel chas­sis, a trade­mark of their road-go­ing ma­chines, the Brit was thrilled with the feed­back it gave him dur­ing the Va­len­cia test.

He said: “It has some great points. You know at all times ex­actly where the front and rear tyre is – there’s noth­ing mys­te­ri­ous about the bike. That’s go­ing to re­ally help us de­velop it in the fu­ture. It re­acts log­i­cally too – I make a change, and I can feel it right away.

“I’m sure that a lot of peo­ple said a tubu­lar steel chas­sis wouldn’t work on a mo­tocross bike ei­ther, but this com­pany made that work too! They’re mak­ing alu­minium look silly in that world, and it’s in the DNA of KTM, it’s what they know and un­der­stand, and I do be­lieve that there are some strong pos­i­tives with us­ing it. We need more time, but I can’t see any neg­a­tives.”

Smith’s com­ments come af­ter his first few days on the new bike af­ter switch­ing from the Yamaha Tech 3 team – and de­spite fin­ish­ing the two days down the timesheets in 20th place, he came away from the test be­liev­ing the bike has mas­sive po­ten­tial.

He added: “There’s been so much to take in, but I’ve been sur­prised as to how good ev­ery­thing feels. So much is dif­fer­ent, from en­gine to chas­sis to WP Sus­pen­sion - but the feel­ing is there. It feels like a Motogp bike!

“We worked a lot on elec­tron­ics, and Pol and I have gone in a sim­i­lar di­rec­tion, which is a good thing. I think be­ing 2.5 sec­onds off con­sid­er­ing this bike hasn’t done half the amount of kilo­me­tres as any­thing else out there is im­pres­sive.”

Bradley’s stress­ing the pos­i­tives and he reck­ons the KTM has ma­jor po­ten­tial

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