Bradl rates podium chances for 2013

Bradl rates podium chances for 2013
Friday, 15 March 2013

Stefan Bradl is confident that he and LCR Honda MotoGP will be able to achieve podium finishes this season. Furthermore, the German is particularly optimistic about the possibility becoming a reality at the second round in Texas.

Following on from this week’s three-day test at Circuit of the Americas, Bradl was pleased with his progress but admits that he is still losing time under braking. Despite that, he is sure that he will be in a strong position come the race next month.

"Of course, it’s not easy to learn the track," the 2011 Moto2™ World Champion explained to motogp.com. "There are a lot of blind corners and you have to be really precise. I think there will be a small advantage for us, as we’ve had the added experience of this test."

However, later in the evening the German revealed hand injuries:

“During the night I felt pain and my left hand was swollen this (Thursday) morning. This discomfort obviously slowed me, especially under heavy braking and in left-hand curves. We therefore preferred to simply cancel the race simulation we had prepared to do.”

He went on to discuss his rostrum aspirations for the year ahead.

"The main target for me is to be on the podium," Bradl began to sum up. "I think we have the potential to do that. For sure, the challenge is high and the rivals are very strong, but as soon as somebody in front makes a mistake we should be there to catch a podium."

After his dominant 2011 season in Moto2™ featured 11 podiums and four race victories, Bradl is yet to claim a top three finish in the premier class.

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