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Smith Blows Whistle On Moto2 Cheating
by staff
Friday, November 30, 2012

What's this? Allegations of cheating in spec racing? So now Moto2 hasn't made entry-class racing in MotoGP cheaper at all and well-funded teams can use equipment other teams can't?

The embers of controversy were cooling surrounding allegations late this season that Marc Marquez's team altered the software on his Suter-Honda Moto2 bike, providing him a significant advantage in acceleration out of corners all year en route to winning the 2012 Moto2 World Championship.

But those coals are sparked again after fellow Moto2 graduate and 2013 MotoGP rookie Bradley Smith dumped kerosene on Marquez and other Moto2 teams that he alleges were cheating throughout the 2012 season.

Smith was signed to a MotoGP contract with Tech 3 before the 2012 season and appeared to be a curious choice for promotion after he managed only a ninth-place finish in the Moto2 standings this season for Tech 3, with no podium finishes.

But Smith said chicanery by many other teams masked his true pace. And, for the record, this is a British rider making these accusations now.

"To be honest, a lot of it came down to ... there was cheating going on inside Moto2 this year," Smith told British media. "We were not one of those teams, and we suffered for it. There was nothing else we could do as a team to make our bike faster. It was just slow.

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