MotoGP, Smith: at Motegi I could already be at 100%

Bradley ready to get back on his Yamaha: "If I had listened to the first doctor I would not have raced until next year"


Bradley Smith is ready to get back on his M1, which he had entrusted to Alex Lowes for the last three races. The Oschersleben 8 Hours turned out to be a prison sentence for him as he injured his knee ligaments during one of the practice sessions after contact with another rider.

I had not missed a race for five years. I was lucky. This time, on the other hand, a small accident had serious consequences” he reflected at Aragón.

His goal is to be at full fitness for the Motegi GP and he is confident in his chances.

It seems like I will be alright - he promised – I am improving quickly, so I could already be at 100%, although it is hard to know precisely. I sat on the M1 and in general I feel good, plus there is still time before Motegi. Every day I do 3 hours of physical therapy, two in the gym and one in the pool.

This does not mean that his knee is perfect yet.

The inflammation is still there and I need to work to improve flexibility, plus the knee is still swollen, but two weeks should be enough to solve the problem. The good news is that I don’t feel any pain”, he pointed out.

Now he will need to face a re-entry that is anything but simple, with three consecutive races.

The important thing is to have the right people with me in order to continue physical therapy and working in the pool. I worked very hard from the beginning and my body responded well. The doctor had told me not to put any weight on the leg for three weeks and I did it after five days. I trained until it started to hurt and then I iced it during the night. It was sort of a science project for me - he joked - If I had listened to the first doctor I would not have raced until next year.”

But we all know that sometimes science doesn’t apply to riders.


Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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