Bradl takes career best 5th at Le Mans

2012 motogp le mans race bradl
Sunday, 20 May 2012

In a demanding 28-lap race LCR Honda MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl records his best ever result in fifth, ahead of Rossi’s teammate Nicky Hayden in today’s French Grand Prix held on a soaked Le Mans circuit.

Having stared from the 13th spot on the grid, the German riding the RC213V moved ahead to claim another brilliant result in his first season in the premier class.

The German rookie had a challenging time at Le Mans in the last two days falling victim to the treacherous track as he suffered a nasty highside yesterday in the qualifying session. But his usual concentration and constancy enabled him to match the pace of the top riders in very bad conditions, gaining an unexpected result.

Stefan Bradl

“This is a fantastic feeling! I am very happy and the whole Team is happy too: this makes me very proud. Honestly I think nobody was expecting such a good result in my fourth race in this class. In general the weekend was tough because we were struggling a lot in finding the right set up for the dry sessions and I also had a big crash in yesterday’s qualifying. Finally it rained before the race and I knew we had a good package on the wet. Already on my sighting lap I could feel that was my WOW bike and my first lap was amazing as after the first split I was holding the 7th position. After that I rode behind Pedrosa for a long time who has got a very precise riding style. I learnt very much from him. When it started to dry up I could ride with more confidence adapting to the situation even if Hayden was trying to catch me.”

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