Foggy predicts bright future for teenage Smith

Last updated at 19:24 28 June 2007


Motorcycle legend Carl Fogarty believes teenage star Bradley Smith can become a grand prix winner - if he wants it badly enough.

The 16-year-old Smith is currently in his second season of 125cc world

championship racing with his best finish to date being a third place in the

Alice French Grand Prix last month - his sole podium appearance to date.

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Bradley Smith

Smith, from Oxford, admitted his disappointment at coming home seventh in

drying conditions at Sunday's Nickel & Dime British GP at Donington Park but was

optimistic about his chances of a better showing at the A-Style Dutch TT on

Saturday.

And Fogarty, the most successful British racer of the last two decades with

four World Superbike titles to his name, said mental strength would prove the

key for Repsol Honda rider Smith.

"It is simple really," Fogarty told PA Sport, "you must want it more than

anything else.

"So it is down to the individual person - if you want to be the best and you

want to win, then you can do it.

"You have to get the right breaks though, which means being on the right bike

at the right time and in the right championship at the right time.

"That is where you need a little bit of luck."

Britain's last GP victory had come at Assen, back in 2001, when Ulsterman

Jeremy McWilliams took the chequered flag in the 250cc class.

And Fogarty said: "People try and analyse why we have not had a British

winner, and it is because we have not had one who is good enough.

"It is down to the individual and nothing else, not whether they come from a

certain country or this or that.

"If the guy is good enough, if he wants bad enough, then he will win."

Meanwhile, MotoGP rankings leader Casey Stoner will be chasing a third

consecutive victory after wins at Donington and Catalunya.

Another 25 points at Assen would make the Australian the first rider since

Giacomo Agostini in 1972 to register three successive premier-class wins.

But Stoner remains dismayed by modernisations made at the 2.8-mile circuit last

year when the banked De Bult corner was flattened to reduce speeds.

He said: "I am sure there are going to be some great races at Assen this year,

but the new circuit is disappointing because the old layout was unbelievable,

really good fun to ride.

"They ruined what was probably my favourite corner in the world at De Bult

which was a great banked left-hander which they flattened out and destroyed.

"The new Assen is really confusing for set-up because it has got some flat

corners, some banked corners, some long corners and some tight corners.

"It can be really hard to find out what you need though I think we have proved

so far this season the Ducati bike will be very competitive at any circuit."

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