Bradl heads row two despite recent surgery

Bradl heads row two despite recent surgery
Saturday, 17 May 2014

LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl demonstrated his resilience to qualify fourth at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, having recently gone under the knife to relieve the ‘arm pump’ symptoms he experienced at Jerez.

Recording a 1’32.846 fastest lap time on his prototype Honda RC213V to qualify just 0.091s off the front row.

The German expects a very close race at the front, especially as he will be joined on the second row by Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. Nonetheless Bradl is determined to finish the French Grand Prix in the top five.

He reflected, “After several experiments on Friday, we went back to the standard geometry that we have used in the past races because I have more front feeling that way. Our pace is pretty good and I am happy about the fourth place today also considering my recent surgery but we must be realistic.”

“The other riders are very fast too and I am starting from the second row with two big rivals like Rossi and Lorenzo. Dani Pedrosa will push to catch the front group so our target is to finish in the top five. This would be a very good result for us. My arm is getting better and today it was not necessary to have a painkiller.”

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