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Bradl lacking in corner exit speed

Bradl lacking in corner exit speed

Stefan Bradl began the Czech Grand Prix in eighth position. Although the German had risen by two places by the time the chequered flag came down, he and LCR Honda MotoGP had hoped for more.

Brno brought a somewhat solitary Sunday afternoon for the 2011 Moto2™ World Champion, who finished almost ten seconds behind fifth-placed Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) but over 15 ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).

“The sixth position is not that bad considering the whole weekend, but I really wanted to be faster,” Bradl began. “We could not improve the bike as I would have liked because I had many problems with the edge grip on both sides of the rear tyre.

“I had to fight to pick up the bike to get a little bit of drive out of the corner to accelerate. I tried many things to save the rear tyre during the race but here, with these long corners you have to carry the corner speed and, at the beginning, I was behind (Valentino) Rossi and (Bradley) Smith and I saw they could carry more corner speed.

“We wanted to stay with Rossi and Bautista, but I was not capable of keeping that speed. Let’s move to Silverstone to keep working.”

The coming weekend’s Hertz British Grand Prix will signal the third and final race in the ongoing triple-header. In 2012, Bradl qualified ninth and finished the race eighth.

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