Stefan Bradl says he is still lacking confidence with his LCR Honda RC213V after qualifying ninth for the United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. The German is racing at the Monterrey circuit for the first time and feels that, along with the misty conditions in final practice have set him back in his preparations this weekend.

Bradl has pointed to the front end of his bike as the problem this weekend, adding that he is short of confidence that it will stick and hopes he can improve matters in the race.

“Not great and not so bad… in between! It's more difficult for me compared with the past races because yesterday I had to find my pace and orient myself on this new track: then this morning we lost the session due to the bad weather so we started working on the bike package this afternoon. I am not really happy about the front end feeling because we are losing too much time in braking and in corners entries so actually, I miss the perfect confidence to go faster. We need to analyse the data and make a change for tomorrow because the surface is pretty bumpy. Starting from the third row is not so bad but I am aware it will be a long race and I will try to follow the guys in the front”.

The 32 lap race is due to start at 10pm UK time on Sunday night.