Stefan Bradl says he is continuing to struggle with the change in track conditions between the two Sepang pre-season tests. The Forward Racing rider was a lowly eighteenth on day one and although he climbed a couple of places on Tuesday, the German is still far from happy with his week to date.
“Like yesterday, I suffered some lack of grip particularly on the rear and on corner entry. The conditions are very different from the first test and this makes things more demanding for us. We tried several new solutions to better balance the bike and I’m sure tomorrow we will concentrate more on the lap time.”
Teammate Loris Baz voiced very similar complaints after finishing down in 24th and his disappointment was compounded by a crash at turn fourteen.
“This morning I was on track aiming to improve my performance”, the Frenchman explained. “Unfortunately the track conditions are very different from the first test and this does not help me. At the end of the morning session I crashed, fortunately without consequences, but this has had an impact on today testing. In the afternoon I went back on the track, I was running on worn tires almost all the time to concentrate on the setup. Tomorrow will be the last day of work here in Sepang and we are confident we can do well.”