By Stephen English

Stefan Bradl was pleased with his qualifying performance at Aragon, the German claiming fifth and getting the 'maximum' from his LCR Honda.

Since changing to Brembo brakes at the Dutch TT, Bradl has seen his performances improve and his form prior to the summer break was superb with a pole position and podium at Laguna Seca the clear highlights of his premier-class career so far.

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Speaking after qualifying Bradl, the 2011 Moto2 world champion, was clearly pleased with his performance and felt that there was nothing more that he could have done following the session.

"If you look at who's in front, this is the maximum that we can do with our situation and I'm happy," he said. "We're not far from the time of pole position so it means we are doing a good job and I'm satisfied."

His performance over a single lap left him satisfied, but it remains to be seen if he can get the maximum from the bike in race conditions. Just as at Misano the German admitted that tyre life is a major issue and with the whole field sharing his concerns it is clear that there could be some surprising results in tomorrow's 23 lap race.

Bradl confirmed that he will be forced to run the soft compound rubber because there simply was not enough grip with the harder compound rubber. Being forced to run the softer compound obviously has a negative impact on the durability of the tyre and Bradl was concerned about this for the race.

"Race distance will be a problem for everybody because the tyre drops so quickly and we need to find a solution for the race. 23 laps will be a long distance for the tyre tomorrow. I used the hard tyre yesterday but it's not an option in the race tomorrow because there is not grip with it."