Bradl ends his home race with an impressive fifth place
|Sunday, 08 July 2012 17:56|
Tthe MotoGP contingent were greeted by some welcome sunshine today at the Grand Prix of Deutschland 30-lap race with local favourite Stefan Bradl excelling on his RC213V machine ahead his home crowd.
The German rookie was again a strong performer both in the wet and in the dry at the tight and twisty racetrack finishing sixth fastest in yesterday’s close wet qualifying. Bradl started at the end of row two instantly demonstrating his dry weather potential by leading the second group riders till the last three dramatic laps of his home race when the 22-year German was capable to constraint more experienced riders such as Rossi and Hayden.
Stefan: “It has been a tough race since the beginning because I had to fight to maintain the gap to the group behind me. But I took another good start and this is very positive: after that I was capable to follow the Yamaha riders for a while but I could feel that our corner speed was not enough and our edge grip in the left side was poor because after 3 or 4 laps the bike started to spin already. That caused me some issues because I was not able to attack them and in the middle of the race I had to let them go. From that moment I had to manage the group behind me till the chequered flag and it was very difficult. So I had to push myself to the maximum to block Rossi, Hayden and Barbera in the last 3 laps. I am very happy about this result because I could relegate them behind me and this fifth place is a fantastic result for me, for my family, for the Team and for my local fans”.
Article source: LCR Honda