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Bradl: “I could still see drops of rain on my top fairing”

Bradl: “I could still see drops of rain on my top fairing”

With MotoGP™ riders forced to make two pit stops during the San Marino GP, deciding when to pit became a race-deciding factor.

Stefan Bradl’s weekend got off to a solid start as he was given the new Aprilia frame, now running the same machine as Alvaro Bautista. The German's adaption to the new prototype has been rapid, frequently able to finish ahead of teamamte Bautista in multiple sessions. Unfortunately race day produced unpredictable weather and dry track time was reduced. Grey clouds gathered overhead as the race began and riders were soon forced to pit for rain tyres. For the most part this went off without a hitch and the battle on track soon resumed with wets fitted.

It became apparent very soon that the wet tyres would not last as the track began to dry again. Unfortunately for Bradl he struggled in the wet, unable to find a good feeling with his Aprilia. The German had elected to stay out an extra lap on wet tyres and this proved to be a crucial mistake that cost him a point scoring finish. As the rest of the MotoGP™ field had already brought their tyres up to temperature, Bradl was forced to wait and lose even more time.

Stefan Bradl: “We should have made the second bike change a lap sooner, but in these situations it's always difficult to take the right decision: the track already seemed suitable for slicks, but I could still see drops of rain on my top fairing, so I decided to come in a lap later. In any case I had lost ground after the first bike change because I didn't have a good feeling on the wet bike and in the first few laps in the wet it was very difficult to ride with the bike sliding around so much. The positive thing is that in the last part of the race on slicks I had a good feeling and I was able to ride fast straight away, recovering a few positions.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, RAC, Stefan Bradl, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, Aprilia Test Team

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