Stefan Bradl felt it was mission accomplished in qualifying for the Qatar Grand Prix after qualifying ninth on his debut. The German had set himself a target of getting on the third row but at the midway point, he was actually in the front row.
The LCR Honda rider eventually slipped down the order as his more experienced rivals put the softer tyre on but he will still start from the third row, ahead of Alvaro Bautista on the other satellite Honda and Ducati star Valentino Rossi.
Bradl is refusing to make any bold predictions for the race and is simply looking to learn from the established riders around him.
“Actually this is a good qualifying for us as our target was the third row. And when I looked at the time I realized were are close to P6 and this is good for the race. We lapped on many soft tyres probably more than the others, but for me it was not easy for me to use every single tyre. Initially you feel you can push more and more but you must focus on the right acceleration. We also improved the overall package and I am looking forward to race with the top riders and my target is to follow them and learn as much as possible”.