Japan qualifying sees Bradl in eighth

Saturday, 13 October 2012

The second day of practices at the 4.801km Japanese circuit saw LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl placing his RC213V in 8th place (1’45.848) ahead tomorrow’s 24-lap race.

The German dedicated the majority of his time on track today to improve his feeling in the hard braking zones. Bradl stayed solely on used tyres and finished ninth in this morning free session and continued work on his brake set-up, but his qualifying session got off to a bad start with a crash, from which he escaped unhurt to re-join his colleagues in the latter part of the qualifying.

Stefan Bradl

"Well…the initial plan for today’s qualifying was different but probably I was too aggressive in the first part of the session and crashed out. This changed completely our plan and we could not adjust the bike properly because we had to chase the best lap time for tomorrow’s grid. There was not enough track time to improve the bike and we are still struggling with the same problem in the braking zone. The bike is too nervous and I can not be as precise as I want in the entry of the corners. After the crash I was okay and could go immediately faster on the other bike so this is a positive thing because it means that the crash did not affect our pace."

Press release courtesy of LCR Honda MotoGP.

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