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Qatar MotoGP Test: Stefan Bradl battling rear grip issues

LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl second fastest on day two of Qatar MotoGP test, German star seeking solution to rear grip problems
Stefan Bradl was still experiencing rear grip trouble as the German rider finished second to compete a Honda one-two on the second day of the MotoGP test in Qatar.

Bradl was satisfied with his time on the LCR Honda RC213V, lapping in 1m 55.508s to finish 0.314s behind Alvaro Bautista on the Gresini Honda, but is still seeking a solution to the rear grip issues that have been prevalent since the test commenced on Friday.

“I am happy with how today went: P2 is a positive result, but there's still a weak point to adjust. In fact, despite our efforts, we could not get the perfect solution for the rear grip problems of yesterday,” said Bradl.

“I am still struggling on maximum leaning and I miss some drive out of the corners. It's a bit frustrating for me but seems a common problem amongst the riders here.

“The team is already at work for tomorrow so I am confident to be able to make further improvements.”

Tagged as: Bautista , Bradl

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March 09, 2014 4:06 PM
Last Edited 471 days ago

@Motojunky What do you expect us to say? I was really underwhelmed with his performance during the 2013 season. After his Laguna Seca podium & signing the new contract with HRC it looked like he gave up & relaxed the last half of the season. He still seems to be really nervous on the bike especially during the last-half of the race when the tyres are gone. If he doesn't pull his finger out of his a.r.s.e. it will be his last MotoGP season because I can't imagine anyone being interested in him. I think this is also how most of our media thinks about him. It seems he needs to have a perfect bike/setup to be any good but I seriously doubt Lorenzo's, Pedrosa's etc. bike/setup is always 100% spot on perfect. If he doesn't fix this it will be a though season for him. Also, why can't we use a semi-colon in the comments?

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