Bradl reflects on first MotoGP™ podium

Bradl reflects on first MotoGP™ podium
Sunday, 21 July 2013

Laguna Seca delivered a weekend of firsts for Stefan Bradl. Following a maiden MotoGP™ pole position on Saturday, the German LCR Honda MotoGP rider has now collected his first podium finish in the form of second position.

The Moto2™ World Champion of 2011, Bradl stepped up to the premier class last season. Before Sunday, his best results had been a trio of fourths including that of the Sachsenring last weekend.

"It’s a great result for us," Bradl commented. "We did a good job all across the weekend. Of course expectations were high after I had pole yesterday, but I knew I had good speed and that I could be fast from the beginning. I tried to push from the start and I think I did that very well.

"I struggled a little bit. I thought the race speed would be a little quicker but, with the full tank of fuel, I had a few problems with the front. When he caught me I saw that he had some more edge grip on the tyre and that he was able to open up a gap. I just tried to manage the gap to Valentino (Rossi), which was not easy, and it was a long and tough race."

Bradl’s top three finish also moves him up one spot in the championship. The German is now sixth overall, three points ahead of Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso.

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