SMITH LOVES TUBULAR STEEL FEEL
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