Bradl Struggles On Return To Malaysia


Stefan Bradl was disappointed with the opening day of the second pre-season test at Sepang after struggling to hit the heights of his previous outing. The German was often the leading Open class rider at the first Malaysia test but languished down in eighteenth on Monday and is intent on bouncing back tomorrow.

“I can’t say that I am really satisfied with the work done today. The track conditions were very different from last test and I struggled particularly at the start of the day. In the afternoon the feeling was better, I was able to push even on worn tyres, but then it started to rain and I could not improve my lap time. I am optimistic for tomorrow, I would like to make the most of the day and improve my performance”.

Forward Racing teammate Loris Baz didn’t enjoy the easiest of days either, finishing down in 24th spot, but the Frenchman was one of the few riders to gain some meaningful running in the wet conditions towards the end of the day.

“It was a complicated day. I went on track hoping I would find the same conditions as the first test, but the reality was different and I was not able to push as I wanted. I tried some new solutions and I’m fine with them. In the afternoon, the rain started to fall heavily and I was able to complete few laps on the wet track in order to get to know better this bike in these conditions. It was another day of work, we continue to move forward step by step in view of the Qatar GP. I am confident that I will improve tomorrow”.