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Argentina MotoGP: Bradl doubts test advantage

“I think the other guys can overcome the disadvantage very fast” - Stefan Bradl.
Stefan Bradl doesn't expect to get much of an advantage from leading last year's test at the new MotoGP venue in Argentina.

The LCR Honda rider joined Alvaro Bautista, Cal Crutchlow and Hector Barbera, plus Moto2 riders Esteve Rabat and Nico Terol, attended last July's two-day test at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, in dirty and then damp conditions.

The German set the overall pace with a best time of 1m 44.188s on the opening day.

“Last year I visited Termas de Rio Hondo for a couple of days but in my opinion it was not a proper test,” said Bradl. “The paddock was still under construction and the surface conditions were pretty bad. It was impossible to gather data because the grip level was very poor.

“It took at least one day to get a good racing line and then it rained on the second day, so I think the other guys can overcome the disadvantage very fast.

“We will see the track conditions tomorrow. I hope it is going to be better than when we were here for the test. First of all I like the layout, it is very nice with not so many bumps. This was my first impression with the MotoGP bike here. And is quite fast and demanding for the tyres. I believe the gap between the riders will be very close and that we will see exciting races.”

The young German led for nine laps in Qatar, but later fell, then got back in the thick of the podium fight in Texas, when he crossed the line in fourth.

“After Qatar it was important to have a good result in Austin. Unfortunately I lost the battle for the podium but that, but I was not able to push any harder at the end because my front tyre was just completely destroyed. But fourth place is an important result and I'll try and be a bit faster and a bit better here.”

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