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Rookie Bradl takes incredible 4th at Mugello

Stefan Bradl and his LCR Honda MotoGP team enjoyed a special weekend at Mugello circuit thanks to the excellent 23-lap race ridden by the German rookie on his RC213V, who put in an impressive performance today by nearly climbing up onto the Italian podium.

Bradl had shown his superb speed and progression earlier in the season when he powered his Honda machine into the fifth place at Le Mans and Sachsenring rounds. Coming to the Italian race track, Bradl was confident of a good race as he is a big fan of the 5.245Km circuit, and having increased his confidence in the front end in yesterday’s qualifying the German was able to fight for third place until three laps before the end when Dovizioso passed him to get the podium on his home track.

Stefan Bradl

"It’s a fantastic feeling for me and the whole team. Undoubtedly a podium finish would have been simply perfect but I am extremely happy about this great result on this track. I think that our pace was perfect from the beginning of the race, because in the last couple of races we struggled a bit too much with a full fuel tank and could not feel the front tyre properly, but here we used a different set up. It worked perfectly on this special layout but at the end of the race I missed a bit of front-end feeling under braking. So I preferred to stay calm and Dovi passed me, but after that I was trying to follow him and it was pretty easy for me. Then Hayden put in a brave move on me but he didn’t have the best exit on the right corner and I could pass him again. Probably my manoeuvre looked a bit aggressive on TV but I think it was normal for a last lap. Being so close to the podium is fantastic and I feel happy for the team: they support me in the best way every weekend and especially Lucio. He is a hard worker and with this great result I want to give him something back."

Press release courtesy of LCR Honda MotoGP.

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MotoGP, 2012, Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP

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