Unless something changes, Bradley Smith will race in the first two Grand Prixs of the season, on July 19th and 26th in Jerez, riding the Aprilia RS-GP 2020 and, today, he was on the track in Misano, along with his teammates, Aleix Espargarò and Lorenzo Savadori.
Everyone knows the story: Andrea Iannone is still waiting for the outcome of the appeal to the CAS, after a four-year disqualification for doping. In the absence of the title-holder, Bradley – two career podiums, in 2014 and 2015, in the MotoGP since 2013, first in Yamaha then in KTM, after two seasons in the Moto2 with Tech3, without infamy nor praise and, therefore, an Aprilia test rider – ended up as title-holder.
"I'm learning to be patient," Bradley told Oxfordmail. "Until I have something concrete in front of me, it's difficult to say how long I'll race. It doesn't look like Andrea's sentence will be decided before the first two races, so we're waiting for Aprilia to press the green button. Right now, I plan to be in the first round."
Smith, like all the other riders, was not unprepared.
“For the past three months, we've been sitting home in lockdown. The mental state to ride is something I prepared for. You can't stay on the sidelines too much. You have to be mentally prepared. At first, I was focused on Qatar, and this made me understand the state in which I was in because, as soon as they canceled it, I had no way to channel that feeling."