LCR Honda MotoGP rookie Stefan Bradl took to San Francisco's Lombard Street and Treasure Island with his Honda RC213V yesterday as he prepared for the upcoming U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca this weekend.
As part of a Red Bull promotional video, the German rookie delighted crowds in true MotoGP fashion, as he wheeled his way around Treasure Island, before bringing a hefty exhaust note to the usually quaint Californian town, winding his way down twisty Lombard Street, much like he will at "The Corkscrew" come Friday.
Bradl said: “Basically we were there to train the Corkscrew (laughing)! At the beginning we were a bit scared about the asphalt temperatures and tyres pressure but at the end everything worked well and we had fun.”
Later in the afternoon he was joined by LCR team owner Lucio Cecchinello to take part in a conference held at the prestigious Stanford University, named "Embracing Risk in the Pursuit of Victory".
It was a discussion about the balance between embracing risk and protection for safety, highlighting the advancements made by man and machine in one of the fastest forms of motorsports.
“After that we moved to Stanford University to join an interesting discussion with Lucio and the public there was very curious about the several aspects of a MotoGP rider preparation (physical and mental) and the Team attitude to embrace risk,” said Bradl.
“Anyway… I am looking forward to Laguna GP, but I know it will be more difficult for me compared to the other races. I have been there some weeks ago riding a Honda Fireblade for a first taste.
“For sure we will work harder compared to the last tracks which I knew already and we must be sharp and careful with the setup of the bike, because we have no data. It's a new track for me and this means double effort for me.
“Every Friday is a new discovery for me, because all tracks seem new on a MotoGP bike, but in this case it will be even more complicated, but I am not worried about it. We are in a good shape.”