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Stefan Bradl - Q&A

“The technology and electronics make a MotoGP bike a great challenge and it's fascinating to try to make them go fast” – Stefan Bradl.
An exclusive interview with LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl, who claimed his first MotoGP pole and podium during the 2013 season.

The former Moto2 champion finished the year seventh overall, having been forced to miss the Malaysian and Australian rounds due to a fractured ankle…
Are you now the most successful German rider ever in the premier-class?

Stefan Bradl:
That's a difficult one, it's hard to say because I'm not absolutely sure what happened in the '60s and '70s but I'm sure that I'm at least one of the most successful riders. That's made easier though because in Germany we don't have that many riders who have taken part in the premier class.

My father Helmut was a runner up in the 250s in '91 and he was a great inspiration to me and it was he who started my interest in motorcycles when I was very young, if he hadn't been a successful motorcyclist too then I wouldn't be here now.
Was there ever a 'plan B'?

Stefan Bradl:
You always have to consider what might happen if you're unable to continue in your chosen sport. We had a little plan for me to work in a local factory in Augsburg that made sunglasses, ski helmets and things like that before I became successful, but the dream was always there to become a motorcycle rider.
Do you hang around with people like Michael Schumacher or Sebastian Vettel when you're in Germany?

Stefan Bradl:
Unfortunately not that much. We're all so incredibly busy so we don't meet up that often. I remember that Michael Schumacher came to see our grand prix in France and we had a great conversation and hopefully I can catch up with Sebastian soon. I've met him and we know each other well, but when I saw him last it was four years ago so it's probably time to catch up with each other again.

I think Sebastian follows MotoGP so he keeps up to date with what's going on it's just that motorcycles and cars are so different, like day and night so the two worlds don't often come together.
Didn't Michael Schumacher try racing bikes and didn't do as well as you?

Stefan Bradl:
I think that if I were slower than him on a bike I'd have to reconsider my career! Also if I could beat him in a car then he would also have had to find a different job. It's cars where he's a genius.
Did you find that racing in Moto2 was more fun than in MotoGP because of the better competition?

Stefan Bradl:
No, not really, for me it is really the same. The enjoyment in MotoGP is because you're riding the best bikes on the planet. The technology and electronics make a MotoGP bike a great challenge and it's fascinating to try to make them go fast.

Also being in the premier class is everybody's dream and when you get there you know you've arrived. It's great riding the fastest bike available against the best racers in the world. No matter what you do in Moto2, it's just a stepping stone and being in MotoGP is everybody's target.

by Christian Tiburtius

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November 19, 2013 3:53 AM

Imo I don't feel Bradl could Match Dani on the same machine, I don't think there's anyone in Motogp at the moment aside from JL and MM that could, So why give it to someone else, It's better off with Pedro for now.

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