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Front end issue causes crash for Bradl

Stefan Bradl had designs on at least a top five qualifying position at Indianapolis, but front end problems resulted in a crash at Turn 1.

The German rider, who has finished inside the top three of three of the four practice sessions, had perhaps hoped for more of the same in Q2.

“Unfortunately we are only eighth in qualifying because we have struggled a bit with the front tyre due to the increased temperature of the asphalt,” explains the LCR Honda MotoGP rider, having now re-signed for the outfit for 2014. “I tried to push as hard as I could on my flying lap and I crashed.

“We were not capable of solving this issue with the front before, Q2 but we have been very fast for the whole weekend so I am not worried about my pace for tomorrow. It won’t be an easy race starting from the eight spot on the grid, but my confidence is still high.”

At the preceding Laguna Seca event, the last prior to the mid-season break, Bradl had impressively claimed his first premier class pole position. Saturday at Indianapolis marked the five-year anniversary of his career-first race victory, which came in the 125 class Czech Grand Prix of 2008

MotoGP, 2013, Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP

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