Stefan Bradl - Photo Credit: LCR Honda

Stefan Bradl - Photo Credit: LCR Honda

 

Stefan Bradl described Friday at Estoril as the toughest of his MotoGP career so far after finishing the day in 12th place. The reigning Moto2 champion has impressed since moving up to the premier class but trailed the leader by 2.5s this afternoon, ending up as the slowest rider on prototype machinery.

Bradl complained of a lack of rear grip on his LCR Honda RC213V which cost him tyre temperature. As a result, he couldn't make the most of the only dry session to take place all day. The German admits he will need to make a number of changes to modify the bike to his liking but is confident of doing so.

“So far it has been the most difficult day in my MotoGP career I guess… I had a very bad feeling with our rear grip and we are losing so much in the corners entries. Especially in the middle of the corners I do not have enough rear grip because I cannot warm up the tyre properly and this cause me a lot of movements. Like this I cannot be aggressive as usual but we have a lot of adjustments to try tomorrow checking the data. We are not lost so I am confident we can better our pace”.