Stefan Bradl believes he has a good package from which to work with after an impressive showing at the first test of 2013 at Sepang. The LCR Honda rider was sixth fastest overall and finished within a second of Dani Pedrosa at the top of the leaderboard despite the Spaniard’s own blistering pace.

The German spent Thursday carrying out further experiments with new parts on the RC213V as well as testing out the new harder Bridgestone rear compound tyre. With two more tests scheduled ahead of the curtain raiser in Qatar, Bradl is comfortable with the position he’s currently in.

“The result of these three days of work is quite good for me. I think we have completed our job gathering more data ahead the next test here. Even today I was working on a raft of things from traction control, to suspension and brakes and Bridgestone gave us a new rear hard tyre to test. At the end I run the circuit 43 times growing my confidence on this bike. There’s more work to do before the first race of the season but we leave Sepang with a good base”.

The second pre-season test is scheduled for February 26, 27 and 28 with the Sepang International Circuit once again the venue.