Bradl and Folger capture a German double

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Stefan Bradl and Jonas Folger secured victories in the Moto2 and 125cc categories at the rainy British Grand Prix, marking the first time since 1991 Championship has seen two Germans on the podium.

Bradl and Folger celebrated wins at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday, a significant event for both riders and for their country as well. The last time a German double occurred was back in 1991 at the German GP in Hockenheim, when Ralf Waldmann won the 125cc race and Helmut Bradl – Stefan Bradl’s father – won the 250cc race.

The Moto2 victory went to Championship leader Stefan Bradl, who was delighted with hard fought result under conditions that steadily worsened throughout the race.

“It was the hardest race, and the strongest of my career. I always prefer a dry race, so to be so strong in the wet was amazing, I can hardly believe it,” said Bradl. “In the warm up we found a good set up, and my start was great. The most difficult part was just to stay focused.”

The 21 year old eventually rode his Kalex machine of Viessmann Kiefer Racing across the finish line 7.601 seconds ahead of Bradley Smith (Tech3 Racing), making the Silverstone win his fifth Moto2 victory – matching father Helmut's five wins in the former intermediate class.

Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider Jonas Folger secured the win in the 125cc class, starting from eighth on the grid and moving into the lead early in the race.

But it was far from easy for the 17 year-old, who fought for the lead in the difficult conditions with Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) throughout the race. “It’s amazing, it was such a long race and so difficult. There was so much wind, so much sliding - and so much pressure from behind!”

He crossed the line to finally clinch the first win in his 44th GP race history, moving the youngster up to second place in the Championship. “I want to say thank you to the team because without them, I wouldn’t be here,” concluded Folger.

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