Stefan Bradl will need to pass a fitness test at the end of the final free practice session at the Lausitzring before being allowed to qualify and race at his home event for Red Bull Honda after an unlucky off on spilled oil.

The Red Bull Honda rider was powerless to stop his heavy fall midway during FP2 when he ran over oil dropped by the Pata Yamaha of Alex Lowes. Bradl has sustained a badly bruised left elbow, but crucially no fractures after undergoing an x-ray, however he will need to pass a fitness test after FP3 before being allowed to continue the race weekend.

Bradl called the incident unlucky but was annoyed there were no yellow or oil flags out when he approached the contaminated area of track while on a flying lap.

“It was an unlucky day for us. After the long break I jumped back on the bike and felt pretty comfortable, which was really good if we consider that this is almost a new track for me,” Bradl said. “We were ready to make more improvement in FP2 and made some changes to the bike and went back out on track with used tyres, but very soon we switched to a fresh set because we could see that it was going to rain.

“I was on a fast lap and feeling good, but then crashed on the oil left by Lowes’s bike. The crash came without warning, as I saw neither yellow nor oil flags. It was a quite big tumble and I landed on my left elbow. It is severely bruised on the joint, meaning I don’t have the full movement.

“Fortunately there is no fracture, but we need to wait and see how the situation will evolve through the night. It’s a shame, because I was feeling strong and it’s my home round, so I very much hope I can ride tomorrow.”

Red Bull Honda has also needed to completely rebuild Bradl’s Fireblade after it wrecked itself in the FP2 crash. To add insult to injury, Bradl was an unlucky 12th-placed rider in FP2 and therefore narrowly missed out on an automatic Superpole two place for qualifying.


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