Bike issues hinder qualifying in Malaysia for Bradl

Saturday, 20 October 2012

The second day at the Malaysian Grand Prix was invariably humid and hot with LCR Honda’s racer Stefan Bradl having to cope with the demanding ambient conditions managing to get the 8th spot on the grid (2’01.491).

At the end of the 60-minute tough qualifying session the MotoGP rookie riding the RC213V was disappointed he is not higher up the grid after showing good form in the previous rounds, but yesterday’s chattering issue stopped Bradl from riding his Honda properly.

Stefan Bradl

“Today’s qualifying was extremely tough for us because we did not improve our set up before the afternoon session. This morning we have tried to find the right way to reduce the chattering because I could not enter the corner and we are losing too much in the middle of the corner and we are struggling to find the solution because we never had such a big chatter issue in the past. In these conditions I do not have enough confidence and this cost me a lot of time that’s why I am too slow in those areas. In the beginning of the session on used tyres, it looked like we were capable to reduce the chattering problem but as soon as we went out on new rubbers the problem was still there. The guys are working hard to adjust the bike ahead tomorrow’s race and I am confident.”

Press release courtesy of LCR Honda MotoGP.

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