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Best Honda placing for Bradl on Friday

Best Honda placing for Bradl on Friday

The Motul Grand Prix of Japan saw Stefan Bradl place his LCR Honda MotoGP machine third on the combined timesheets on day one.

The FP1 session saw Bradl down in sixth spot, but his time of 1’46.230s was just 0.392s from Jorge Lorenzo’s (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) best time of the session. Fellow satellite Honda rider Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) was 0.4s behind the German.

An improvement of 0.6s had Bradl jump to third in the FP2 timesheets, and third overall. This time the German was within 0.057s of second placed Lorenzo’s time. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) led the session, taking advantage of an extra soft tyre and outpacing Bradl by 0.497s.

Bradl was the fastest Honda rider on the opening day with Repsol Honda colleagues Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez in fourth and sixth respectively. Marquez’s best lap was 0.3s slower than that of Bradl’s.

“We found a really good setting from the morning to the afternoon and we improved the rear traction a lot. With all the acceleration rear traction is very important here. We found a good setting to be late on the brakes but still have a good corner speed. I’m happy with the opening day,” said a satisfied Bradl.

He added, “I’ve used the bigger brake discs before in Barcelona and some other circuits. They give me better brake performance and support, I quite like them. I’m on the medium option tyre, this seems like the best option. We don’t know what the weather will do but we’ll probably stick with it. Maybe we will try the hard tomorrow as a test.”

MotoGP, 2014, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP

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