LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl was lefty mystified after falling while leading the Qatar MotoGP.

Bradl, who had qualified in seventh place, made a superb start and assumed the lead after Jorge Lorenzo lost the front on the opening lap.

The German rider remained ahead until he too slid off on the ninth lap at Turn 6, escaping injury.

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"Actually it's difficult for me to express my feelings right now, Bradl said. "I did a very good job because I took a good start from the third row making a perfect first lap.

"Honestly, I was not expecting such a strong performance considering the issues we had in the last days but for the race I felt strong and determined.

"Basically I can not say why I crashed because I made the same manoeuvre of the lap before but I lost the front in turn six," he added.

"Luckily I am okay and the positive thing is that I have done a big step in the race. Many riders crashed on left corners so probably the humidity was too high and affected the grip level. Anyway let's go ahead to Austin, which is another track that I like very much."