By Stephen English
Stefan Bradl crashed from sixth place during Sunday's wet French MotoGP at Le Mans, the Honda LCR rider remounting to salvage tenth position.
The German had been hamstrung with his visor misting up, forcing him to repeatedly lift his visor during the race to get a clear view of the track.
Even with that issue taken into account, he was running a strong pace prior to his crash and there were plenty of signs to encourage the 2011 Moto2 world champion:
"The race went not so bad for us," commented Bradl afterwards. "We showed some good speed from the beginning but unfortunately we had some problems with the visor because I had to open it many times and it was really difficult for me, especially in the first part of the lap where I didn't have a clear view.
"Then I touched the white line and had a small crash. I was lucky that I could restart the engine and could keep going and we managed to get some points and still after the crash we did some good acceptable lap times."
Bradl, who started the race from fifth on the grid, was quick throughout the weekend in both the wet and dry and is now looking forward to Mugello, where he finished fourth last year:
"I will leave Le Mans with a good feeling and we showed that we are good in the dry and fast in the wet so we are back to our normal speed and that is more important than looking at the bad luck."