Bradl blames returning front issue for crash

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Stefan Bradl endured a tough start to the 2013 MotoGP™ season, crashing out of the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar when attempting to catch Valentino Rossi.

The LCR Honda MotoGP rider had been overtaken by his Yamaha Factory Racing rival when he pushed hard to return the favour, but lost control on Lap 9 of 22. The German blamed a return of front tyre issues, already a problem earlier in the weekend.

“Since the beginning of the race I was not confident enough with the front tyre feeling and I felt the same issue we suffered on Friday - probably even worse,” Bradl explained. “It didn’t feel so bad in the warm-up, as I was lapping consistently fast.

“Unfortunately in the race I could not push over the front and could not do anything to improve my pace. Rossi passed me and I was not capable of following him because of the front issue, as I was losing the front in every corner.

“Honestly I have not made any mistake, so I cannot explain exactly why I crashed. We will investigate, checking the data together with my technicians.”

Bradl’s season will continue at Circuit of the Americas in two weeks’ time, when MotoGP™ travels to Austin, Texas for its first race at the venue.

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