MotoGP rookie Stefan Bradl continues to impress on the LCR Honda as the German rider nailed down an excellent fourth place on the grid for tomorrow's race at San Marino.
Bradl, the reigning Moto2 World champion, even enjoyed a spell at the top of the time sheets on his RC213V before dropping to the second row behind Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow.
Bradl – whose fastest lap of 1m 34.221s was just 0.364s adrift of Pedrosa's pole time – was hampered by CRT riders on his final flying lap on his last qualifying tyre, losing two tenths and a potential front row start.
Irrespective, the exciting young prospect is upbeat following his efforts and is eagerly anticipating tomorrow's race at Misano.
“I am quite happy about this qualifying but I think it was hard for everybody because we had no data and no track time in the dry due to the bad weather of last two days,” said Bradl.
“The grip condition was not perfect but since the beginning we made a combination of the two bikes using data and adjustments of the last test sessions in Brno and Aragon.
“At the end I decided to stay on one bike, which was better for today's surface situation,” he added.
“We lost a bit of front-end feeling and we had to adjust it twice because I was losing too much in the entry of the corners.
“At the end I could make a good lap time thanks to those adjustments but we still have to fix it properly.”
On his frustrating encounter on his final flying lap, Bradl explained: “In my last run I found some traffic and I probably waited too long for the tyre to warm up before my flying lap.
“Anyway I could enjoy this session and I think we are in a good shape for tomorrow.”