Stefan Bradl got his 2013 MotoGP season back on track with fourth place in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix

HRC have set the target of a first podium for the young German in his second season, but he had failed to score in two of the four races prior to Mugello and was fifth and tenth in the others.

However the Moto2 champion put on a strong showing throughout the LCR team's home round, qualifying fifth and then getting the better of Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso to snatch fourth after a heated race battle that saw the pair swap places several times.

The result equalled Bradl's best MotoGP finish, from last year's event.

"Repeating the fourth place of last year is a very special feeling for me and the Team. Actually I am happy about the job we have done throughout the whole weekend but the race was a bit tough," said Bradl.

"Honestly I did not take a brilliant start, losing some positions and after that I had to overtake the Ducati guys. It was not easy to relegate them behind me and I knew that Dovi would have tried to pass me in the last lap. He is a strong rider and I really enjoyed the battle with him.

"I must thank the whole Team and our partners and fans for their excellent job and support because I know this a special race for Lucio and his collaborators".


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