Positive first day at Laguna Seca for Bradl

Friday, 27 July 2012

The first day of practices got underway at Laguna Seca racetrack, hosting the tenth round of the calendar before the summer break. LCR Honda rookie Stefan Bradl placed his Honda RCV in 8th place at his first outing at the "roller coaster" Californian track.

In order to become familiar with the track, Bradl and his crew chief had flown to Monterey following the Catalunya Grand Prix to ride on an open track day. The German rode a Honda Fireblade, learning the quirks of the track which he only knew from video games.

On today’s fist MotoGP bike outing, Bradl commented: "Considering that it was my first outing here and we had no data to fine tune the bike I am pretty satisfied about day one at Laguna. Other riders have more experience and they know the track whilst for me it’s totally new. We are 1.4s to the fastest rider in the classification and not far from P4 and this is quite positive. Basically we can improve practice by practice and lap by lap but I am a bit worried about the front feeling. It’s unusual for us because in the past we always had a strong front end feeling so we must fix it because it’s really important here especially in the banked corners."

Press release courtesy of LCR Honda MotoGP.

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