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The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix saw four potential top ten contenders, Stefan Bradl, Aleix Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista and Yonny Hernandez all hindered by crashes in the MotoGP™ race.
For Bradl there was particular frustration as the German rider was looking for a good result to bounce back from his Sachsenring disappointment, which saw him finish 16th after leading the race.
A lap 13 Indy crash for the LCR Honda rider left him unable to score points for a second successive race and the incident also saw him tangle with NGM Forward Racing’s Espargaro, with the damage to the Spaniard’s bike also ending his race.
Bradl commented, “I was in the same group with Aleix and Pol Espargaro and I could see that my pace was faster in some areas but Aleix had some advantage in some corners so we raced with the same pace. At the end of the straight I tried to attack him but we were on the same line and he released the brake a little bit closing my corner space. I hit him in the back and we both crashed, it was a racing accident that can happen to anybody.”
Espargaro, meanwhile, commented, “I made a good start but I was passed on the straight. I was racing with (Bradley) Smith and (Andrea) Dovizioso and I was able to keep my rhythm. It’s pity that I was involved in this incident with Bradl, he hit me and my bike was damaged so I had to retire. It’s racing but we lost important points. We will be back stronger in Brno.”
For Bautista and Hernandez their race was over even sooner as the pair clashed on the first lap, with the GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider left to reflect, “When I was entering Turn 4, I was keeping my line when suddenly Hernandez hit me from the outside and I couldn’t save the crash. Obviously it’s been a bad weekend, but we have to stay positive because it could have been worse. In fact, luckily I’m fine despite the big crash I had Saturday morning. Now we need to forget this race and try to head to Brno full of motivation.”
Pramac Racing rider Hernandez commented, “Unfortunately, we crashed but that’s racing and anything can happen. I really wanted to finish the race as I was sure I could do well, fortunately the next race is on Sunday and I will arrive there feeling motivated.”
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