Bradl delighted with first MotoGP™ front row

Bradl delighted with first MotoGP front row
Friday, 28 June 2013

In his second season in the premier class LCR Honda MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl has achieved his first front row qualifying result, with third on the grid at the Iveco TT Assen.

The German rider briefly held provisional pole, but late improvements from pole setter Cal Crutchlow and rookie sensation Marc Marquez dislodged Bradl from the number one spot.

Running Brembo brake discs on the front end of his Honda RC213V as opposed to his usual Nissin brakes this weekend, Bradl’s best time of 1'34.878 came at the end of Q2, but was beaten by Crutchlow by just under half a second right at the death.

"It was really tough earlier today, especially in Free Practice 4 because I was trying so hard but it didn’t really work out," commented the 2011 Moto2™ World Champion. "We made a little change to our suspension settings and in Qualifying I just felt much better from the beginning and was able to use a fresh tyre.

"P3 is a good position for tomorrow. I’m really happy to be on the front row. I hope the weather will be clear for and I’m looking forward to it."

Bradl’s best two previous qualifying efforts in the MotoGP™ class came at Assen and Misano last year when he qualified fourth, although at last year’s Dutch TT he suffered a DNF, crashing out of fourth place two laps in.

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