Stefan Bradl is heading into this weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix intent on reversing a recent trend which has seen him fall back in races despite qualifying well. The LCR Honda rider started fourth on the grid at Silverstone but faded as the race went on, eventually finishing twenty seconds off the lead in sixth, and is looking to make his Honda RC213V last the distance at the front of the field.
Ahead of this weekend, Bradl took part in a charity go-kart competition in aid of the Marco Simoncelli Foundation and Stefan admits the late Italian will be in his thoughts when he takes to the track renamed in his honour.
“Misano is another exciting race track for me and it’s nice to remember Marco and his talent once again. I like the atmosphere and this is a special weekend for my team, just like Mugello. I remember last year when we had two starts… it was a stressful moment for everybody. Now I have more experience and I aim to end this race near the front again. Actually we are facing some problems: we are very fast in practice but we cannot match the pace for the entire race so we will mainly concentrate on this matter”.