Bradley Smith will ride a Yamaha 500, not in the race - of course - but at Spa-Francochamps during the Bikers Classic taking place at the Belgian track between 1 and 3 July. The Tech3 rider will be riding the ROC Yamaha YZR 500 ridden by Laurent Naveau in the 1993 world championship.
Bradley will be supported by his chief mechanic Guy Coulon during the event.
“The Bikers Classic event is something that’s been on my bucket list for a while - declared Smith - I have heard many stories about the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit and also the infamous two-stroke era and I will finally live it for myself. This will be a special moment because I will experience Guy’s world for a weekend and share his passion for classic bikes.”
“I'm very pleased that Bradley will participate at the Spa-Francorchamps classic race because I believe it's a good opportunity to spend some time with him away from the usual MotoGP working environment and without having to experience too much pressure - commented Coulon - Bradley will have the chance to ride a Yamaha 500cc two-stroke motorcycle, something really special and to be honest, I'm looking forward to seeing such a young and physically prepared rider on it. The Yamaha deserves to be ridden in a smooth and elegant way".