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Bradl: “I had to fix it on the fly twice”

  Bradl: “I had to fix it on the fly twice”

A third top ten finish of 2016 for Stefan Bradl as he and Aprilia continue to forge ahead on an ever improving RS-GP.

While a number of riders around him fell, Stefan Bradl produced a calm and measured ride to land himself a tenth place finish at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France. He could have potentially finished even higher had it not been for contact with Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) on lap ten. The incident bent the Aprilia RS-GP's brake lever and Bradl spent several laps trying to adjust it and return it to the original position. Unable to do so, Bradl was not able ride exactly as he wanted and therefore couldn't keep his pace up, which allowed the group ahead to escape. Even small variations can have big consequences on a Grand Prix motorcycle, especially with inputs such as the brake and throttle where riders need to feel exactly what is happening with the bike. With Aprilia still developing their machine, race finishes are the most important thing and Stefan Bradl is accomplishing the mission assigned to him.

Stefan Bradl: “I'm obviously happy about the final result, but not so much about how the race went. I had a great start and I followed my strategy of pushing hard in the first laps. Then, unfortunately, contact with Barbera as I was overtaking him bent my brake lever and I had to fix it on the fly twice as I couldn't find the ideal position. Without this problem I would have been able to stay in the group of riders that were making a play for a better position, and that would have changed my race, although toward the end I was forced to slow down because I was struggling to maintain my pace. It was a difficult weekend, but we are finishing it with a good result anyway.”

MotoGP, 2016, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, RAC, Stefan Bradl, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, Reaction

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