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Bradl: “The crash is hard to explain”

Bradl: “The crash is hard to explain”

The Qatar GP started well for Stefan Bradl, getting better and better until an unexplained crash ended his race early.

Having introduced the new Aprilia RS-GP just before the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar, Stefan Bradl was eager to get into the weekend in order to continue testing the new machine. Things had been progressing slowly but steadily, the German lining up last on the grid for Sunday’s race but having continued to improve reliability of the bike and run more necessary tests. By lap seven he was ahead of Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) on the well developed Honda and was able to create a gap soon after. With his feeling constantly improving, Bradl pushed harder and harder until suddenly he fell on the 11th lap.

Albeit for a brief period, Bradl was in a point scoring position and was able to get ahead of more established machines such at Rabat's Honda. With the RS-GP still very much in its infancy and is showing promise. Improvements will continually be made by both the rider and the team to ensure the next round in Argentina is even more productive.

Stefan Bradl: “At the start I felt good. My feeling was getting better and better every lap and consequently so were my times. The crash is hard to explain. We need to analyse the data closely to figure out what caused it. My feeling is that there was a loss of grip for both tyres in turn 15. In any case, the start was positive. I managed to get my time below 1'57 in the race, so that means that my confidence is growing lap by lap. Now it will be important to take maximum advantage of the data collected and to have a good race weekend in Argentina.”

MotoGP, 2016, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, RAC, Stefan Bradl, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

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