MotoGP » Stefan Bradl gets factory Honda support for 2014


"We are happy to have fixed this deal to work with LCR and Stefan through to 2014" - HRC vice president Shuhei Nakamoto.

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bikenutter

November 14, 2012 5:13 PM

This is great news, big fan of Bradl, he's an ice cool rider. Would be good to see him fighting it out with Marquez this year as he builds his way up and the year after when they're on equal machinery.

Shame Bautista hasn't had the same opportunity, unfortunately being a quick spanyard isn't that special, maybe he'll have a better year and get noticed more this time.

efi - Unregistered

November 14, 2012 5:22 PM

@bikenutter

I think it has to do with the fact that Bautista already got his chance.

He was on a factory Suzuki for 2 years and didn't deliver. Hopper even said that the 2011 bike was probably the best Suzuki he had ridden and able to achieve much more than Bautista showed.

Back to Bradl, for someone from central/western Europe it's extra hard to achieve such things since they don't get nowhere near the support and sponsoring Spaniards or Italians get.

samh - Unregistered

November 14, 2012 5:25 PM

Satellite Hondas used to win quite a bit in the 990 days.. Camel, Telefonica etc. It was good for the brand no matter which team won, as long as it was a Honda on the top step.
Since then Honda have delibrately held the satellites back to the point where there is basically no chance of them winning. I hope this now means we could see a Honda in different colours take a win again.
Yamaha should follow suit and offer Cal this level of support.

Vilas

November 14, 2012 5:27 PM

No doubt amyzing rider!! He allready has is crashs and bad moments but for the first sesson is very good job and he really show is talente and is inteligente on 1 year.. Stefan will have a good future and will be other rider to count for 2013!!

efi - Unregistered

November 14, 2012 5:31 PM

@samh

This year they were actually quite close since it's the new 1000cc era. Over the years the gap will eventually be bigger again.

Just compare the 2007 season to the 2011 one. The Tech3 Yamaha of 2011 was not even close to be as competitive as they were in 2007 & 2008.

Penelope Pitstop - Unregistered

November 14, 2012 7:38 PM

This one is a bit out of left field but I believe HRC could do no less if they want to keep him. He is a real prospect and I believe Yamaha think so too! In 2 years Vale will be 35 and if he isn't successful after his move to the M1 there will be a factory seat going begging. Just imagine who would be in the frame for that seat? Crutchlow won't get it, Smith will have to impress this season if he is to get a chance. Are there many more contenders? Not in the current crop of MotoGP riders there aren't, but possibly Pol Espargaro, Redding or Folger in Moto2, but they will be down the pecking order. No, Bradl is the man.

Count Backwards - Unregistered

November 14, 2012 8:03 PM

You say Crutchlow wont be in the frame for a factory Yamaha ride Penelope.
Why not?
He did after all,finish ahead of Bradl this season.I dont think it would be as clear cut as you think.Bradl,if he continues to impress, would obviously be a contender,but you are too quick to rule Crutchlow out in my opinion.

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