Stefan Bradl reviews Qatar podium strategy

Monday, 17 March 2008

Perhaps the most unexpected podium finish at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar came in the 125cc class, with Stefan Bradl pickpocketing foes Mike di Meglio and Scott Redding for third place as they battled on the home straight.

Perhaps the most unexpected podium finish at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar came in the 125cc class, with Stefan Bradl pickpocketing foes Mike di Meglio and Scott Redding for third place as they battled on the home straight.

The Grizzly Gas Kiefer Racing rider's plan worked to perfection, allowing him to step onto the rostrum on his return to full-time World Championship competition. All this after starting from the fourth row on the grid for the opening race of the 2008 season.

"After the second place in the Warm-Up, I knew that I would be able to hang on to the leading group of riders," noted the young German, whose talents combined with a little bit of good fortune en route to his top three finish.

"I had a good start and caught a lot of guys in front of me. Luckily for me, Bradley Smith and Gabor Talmacsi ran into problems and slowed the leading pack, which enabled me to close the gap and to get within reach of a podium.

"I was aware of the superior top speed of my bike, and planned my move for the main straight on the last lap," said Bradl, who this time last year had given up on the 125cc World Championship altogether. Having reversed his decision over the course of 2007, a first podium marks a momentous comeback for the 18 year-old, something that he was keen to credit to the support of his family.

"I am very happy about the first Grand Prix podium finish of my career, and I dedicate this success to my parents. With all the ups and downs of my career, I wouldn‘t be here today without their unconditional support!"

Bradl is the first German rider to finish on a Grand Prix podium since Steve Jenker in 2004.

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