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Bradl victory keeps family tradition alive

Bradl victory keeps family tradition alive

Stefan Bradl´s first 125cc victory last Sunday was another memorable moment for the family album.

For 125cc rider Stefan Bradl, a maiden Grand Prix victory at Brno last weekend had double significance. Triumph at the Czech Republic added the teenager´s name to the list of lower cylinder category competitors breaking their duck in 2008, and also meant that he joined the family Grand Prix winners club.

Bradl´s father Helmut is a former 250cc World Championship runner-up, and had particular success in the 1991 season –including a victory at Brno with a quarter-litre Honda machine. His progeny´s maiden win makes it two generations of the family to have experienced Grand Prix success, a fact that was not lost on the younger Bradl.

`I´m really happy that now we have two guys in the family who have won a Grand Prix; It´s really been a great day,´ said the Grizzly Gas Kiefer Racing rider after his memorable moment on the podium.

`I started very well, and after I got to the front I was able to control the gap. The weekend had been really hard for me because of a technical problem, but we resolved this in the Sunday warmup.´

Watching on in the Aprilia team´s garage was another German with a World Championship pedigree. Ralf Waldmann –the rider who competed during the intervening years between the respective Bradl victories- now occupies the spot of Team Chief for Grizzly Gas Kiefer Racing, and was understandably overjoyed with a first victory for the fledgling outfit.

`It´s so good to see Stefan on the top of the podium. His father also won here, and I got some very good results at Brno too. Now he´s in the club! The bike had a good performance level here, and Stefan rode a great race; he saw Mike di Meglio getting closer to him at the end and pushed just a little bit more.´

Bradl is making his full-time return to the 125cc series this year, having nearly walked away from the sport at the beginning of 2007. He currently lies third in the 125cc World Championship classification.

125cc, 2008, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Stefan Bradl, Grizzly Gas Kiefer Racing

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