Stefan Bradl gave his adoring fans something to cheer about in the German Grand Prix as he equalled his best finish of the season at the Sachsenring.
Soaking up the pressure of being the first German MotoGP rider to compete on home soil since Alex Hofmann in 2007, while Bradl wasn't able to reproduce the pace that suggested he could be a podium threat during free practice and qualifying, he earned credits for keeping Valentino Rossi, Alvaro Bautista, Cal Crutchlow, Hector Barbera and Nicky Hayden at bay during the final laps.
Benefitting from Casey Stoner's retirement to be classified in fifth position – equalling his best finish from Le Mans -, the LCR Honda rider was delighted to score a positive result for his fans.
“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 keep them behind me and this fifth place is a fantastic result for me, for my family, for the Team and for my local fans.”