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Bradl expects to be 100% for Valencia

Bradl expects to be 100% for Valencia

Stefan Bradl is confident of returning to full health for the season-closing Grand Prix of Valencia, having ridden to fifth place in Japan on Sunday despite suffering pain.

Prior to the Motegi round, Bradl was out of action for two races after picking up a fractured ankle in a Free Practice 4 ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix. He had attempted to ride at Phillip Island in Australia, but was still in too much pain.

In Japan, the LCR Honda MotoGP rider ended the Grand Prix inside the top five despite being overhauled by GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista.

"I think we can be happy because it was a strange weekend: directly going to qualifying, damp conditions and having one practice before the race," Bradl explained to "It was strange and difficult for everybody, but we managed to do a good weekend and I’m happy.

"Unfortunately, I made two mistakes under braking. That is why Bautista made the gap and I was not able to get any closer. Finally, I think fifth position is okay and that I can be happy, considering I was in hospital two weeks ago – so, a good comeback."

Furthermore, the German expects to be back in full shape for the final race of the year.

"I felt a little bit of pain during the race, when my right leg was kind of pumping the muscle, but I think I should be back in 100% condition for Valencia," he summed up.

The finale in Valencia will take place on Sunday 10 November. Last year, Bradl failed to finish the race hosted at the Ricardo Tormo circuit on the city’s outskirts.

MotoGP, 2013, AIRASIA GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP

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