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Bradl 'really enjoys' his first MotoGP ride

"Now we will proceed negotiations with our sponsors and Honda to fix our 2012 program" - Lucio Cechinello.
Newly crowned Moto2 world champion Stefan Bradl made his MotoGP debut during two-days of riding with this year's 800cc LCR Honda at the Valencia test.

The young German performed admirably over the two days, best illustrated by comparisons with new Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista.

Bautista, who has spent two seasons in MotoGP with Suzuki, was also making his RC212V debut, riding an ex-Hiroshi Aoyama bike of the same satellite spec as Bradl's ex-Toni Elias machine.

Bautista rode on day two, when he set a best lap time only 0.328sec quicker than Bradl.

“First of all I want to thank Honda and LCR Team for this great opportunity," said Bradl. "I really enjoyed riding a MotoGP bike and I was impressed by Lucio's team know-how and high level: we made a very good job together exploring the potential of this bike. I learnt a lot from this experience and I want to thank everybody for their support."

LCR are yet to announce their 2012 MotoGP rider, but Bradl must surely be in serious contention.

“We have concluded two positive days of testing with Stefan and I was impressed by his skills and the way he studies the bike: he gave us a very precise technical feedback if we consider it was his first run on a MotoGP bike," said team principal Lucio Cecchinello.

"Now we will proceed negotiations with our sponsors and Honda to fix our 2012 program."

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ACAB - Unregistered

November 10, 2011 5:14 PM

DORNA have woken up and realised they cannot field an entire grid of overfunded, undertalented Spaniards. Bradly is really good, whereas Marquez has a massive weight advantage and his team spent pretty much all the money Spain still has on a massive testing and development shove to try and build the marquez hype. The kid is good and smiles, unlike another spoilt Repsol rider, but it is good for the racing we did not see MM get bought the Championship.

knopv - Unregistered

November 10, 2011 3:36 PM

According to Speedweek Helmut states that his son will not join Moto-2 next season. On the other hand they told that he has not enough sponsors for a MotoGP ride. But maybe DORNA will open their pockets. LCR must be delighted to see him go faster on his first attemp than Elias after several seasons in MotoGP.

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