Stefan Bradl's hopes of picking up a fairytale maiden MotoGP podium on home ground at the Sachsenring came to a frustrating conclusion after falling just short in another fourth position.

Having starred in free practice in the run up to the race, and with the field missing two of its front runners, Bradl was tipped to mount a challenge for that elusive first MotoGP podium in front of his home fans.

However, despite making a bright start to end the opening lap in the lead - a position he would hold for six laps -, Bradl couldn't hold off Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi and crossed the line in fourth.

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"I think it was a good weekend for us even if we missed the chance to achieve the podium. Actually I have done a good start and I was capable to lead the race for some laps but, when the guys passed me, I could see that they had more corner speed especially in section 2 which was the weak point for us.

"We have been very competitive and very fast in the remaining sections so we are pretty satisfied about our job. Okay... I missed the chance to reward my Team and my crowd with a podium finish but we do not give up and we will keep on fighting in Laguna.

"I especially want to thank my fans... I could feel their great support these days and it was something special to me."