Bradl fourth quickest after two crashes on final day

Sunday, 9 March 2014

LCR Honda MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl hit the deck twice on the final day of 2014 MotoGP™ preseason testing in Qatar, but he did improve on his best time from Saturday and completed a solid race simulation.

Bradl’s best lap time of the test (1’55.187) left him in fourth place on the timesheet and saw him knock over 0.3s off his fastest lap from the previous day. He was 0.313s off the pace of top Sunday rider Aleix Espargaro.

As was the case for several riders pushing hard on race simulations and for sheer pace, Bradl had a spill from his Honda prototype machine, in fact crashing twice on Sunday – though he escaped serious injury.

Bradl is still looking for some added grip to drop a further few tenths on new rubber, so that will be a focus in free practice when the MotoGP™ World Championship participants reconvene in Qatar from 20th March for round one.  

“Today was very tough for me and the team,” admitted Bradl. “Unfortunately I crashed twice (once during the race simulation) but overall we are not far from the top so I can leave Qatar with a good base for the first race. On used tyres we are strong and consistent but the issue with the new rear tyre is still there.”

“We could not solve the problem completely but this seems to be a common problem for Honda riders. When we arrived here our target was not the fastest lap but the adjustment of the bike and I think we did a good job overall.”

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