Stefan Bradl is confident that he can improve on his Thursday performance after struggling to 12th place in first practice at Qatar. The reigning Moto2 champion, making his debut in the premier class, was the slowest non-CRT rider today, almost a second adrift of Karel Abraham in 11th.
The LCR Honda rider struggled for front-end grip this evening and doesn't expect to be as slow as he was today during the rest of the weekend. Bradl will have two more practice sessions tomorrow to get ready for his first ever MotoGP qualifying session which will take place at 4:55pm on Saturday.
“Well.. it was not so good as I expected because we are a little bit too far away. But I am pretty sure we know we are in a difficult set up direction because I feel very hard to go into the corners. This layout is completely different compared to Jerez where I loaded the front so I feel that our bike needs some more weight in the front. We made a little change during the session but it was not enough and we used just one set of tyres so we have plenty for the other days. The overall situation is ok but I am sure we can do better than this”.