The summer break certainly hasn't interrupted Stefan Bradl's form, the young German continuing the momentum from his first MotoGP pole and podium at Laguna Seca to claim a close third in Friday practice at Indianapolis.

"We are trying to keep that momentum. Everything is coming together. We have made good steps in the past two weeks," confirmed the newly re-signed Honda LCR rider.

Bradl made an appearance at the top of the timesheets during both Friday practice sessions, eventually finishing the day just 0.179s from title leader Marc Marquez, whose factory Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa took second.

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Along the way, Bradl set a new Indianapolis two-wheel top speed record of 209.1mph (336.5km/h). The official all-time MotoGP top speed is 217.1mph (349.3km/h), set by Pedrosa during the 2009 Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.

"All the Honda bikes are really fast," said Bradl. "Obviously, I had a good exit off the last corner so I was able to [get] the top speed. That's pretty fast, I would say. Indy has a long straight, and even the first corner is fast, so you don't have to brake too early."

But Bradl's day wasn't without incident, the former Moto2 champion suffering a fall during the afternoon session.

"Early in the afternoon session we struggled a bit with the front end and I suffered a little crash. We immediately found a solution and I could go back to my normal pace.

"Now we need to analyse and see in the data where we can improve. We need to react. I am quite confident in the racetrack. I'm feeling good with the bike, and that's a good start to the weekend."