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MotoGP Valencia: Bradl ‘nervous’ ahead of Forward debut

“I'm a little bit nervous to be honest. I don't know anything about the bike" - Stefan Bradl.
Stefan Bradl will ride his last race for LCR Honda at this weekend's Valencia MotoGP.

The young German has been with the team since joining the premier-class as the reigning Moto2 champion in 2012, claiming a pole and podium in 2013, but will be moving to Forward Yamaha next season.

“I came here yesterday and it's definitely a different feeling,” Bradl said. “It's the last race with this team and especially it's been three really good years because I like the guys, the team and the atmosphere. So sure it is a little sad on Sunday after the race but I'm always looking forward to the new team and bike.

“First we have to concentrate on this weekend and finish in the best possible position to make everybody happy, including myself, then we will see what happens on about Monday.”

“I'm a little bit nervous to be honest. I don't know anything about the bike. It will be completely different. I don't know what to expect. I hope I jump on the bike and have a smile on my face. We will see. It will be a lot of work to learn the bike, team, everything.”

Alexi Espargaro has taken the M1-powerred Forward Yamaha package to one pole, one podium and eighth in the world championship. Bradl and fellow new Forward signing Loris Baz are due to evaluate Kayaba suspension alongside the present Ohlins system.

It is hard to imagine either rider wanting to move away from the class leading Ohlins, but the Kayaba option is rumoured to have financial incentives.

Prior to the Valencia test, Bradl will start his final Honda race holding ninth in the wold championship, with a best race finish of fourth (three times).

“I'm definitely not happy with all the season,” he said. “Some good results, but also a lot of unlucky moments for example Sachsenring was a disaster and in some races we didn't perform as we should. I've tried to learn from this, to be more consistent and calm next year.”

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November 07, 2014 4:07 PM

It's already being said but I agree, Bradl doesn't like riding outside of the limit of the bike. MM93 will keep the Honda heading in that direction while Stefan will do better on a Lorenzo style machine

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