Seventh for Bradl in first Laguna outing

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Stefan Bradl powered his Honda RC213V to 7th place in today’s 32-lap race at Laguna Seca, showing his strong attitude to quickly adapt to his machine on an unknown circuit.

This was Bradl’s first trip to Laguna Seca on a MotoGP machine, and the 22-year-old finished with the ninth fastest time in yesterday’s qualifying session at the track in the hills east of Monterrey. Despite the lack of experience needed to get the most out of his LCR RCV, Bradl was capable to fight for 6th place until six laps to go when local hero Hayden passed him. The premier class rookie is now holding the 6th position in the world classification with 84 points.

Stefan Bradl
“Actually it was a positive debut for us in Laguna. I am quite happy about this 7th final place. In general it was a pretty difficult weekend for us because we mainly started to work on the bike Saturday afternoon as on Friday I had to learn the track. Basically in the beginning of the race I was quite comfortable on the bike because we had full fuel on board but after ten laps I started to lose confidence compared to Dovi and Crutchlow due to the front-end issues that we already had yesterday. From that moment it was too dangerous for me entering the corners with the same speed. Then I tried to keep Nicky behind, but I could see he was faster than me so I preferred to maintain my position scoring further points in the classification.”

Press release courtesy of LCR Honda MotoGP.

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