BRADL BATTLES HARD DURING RAIN-AFFECTED QUALIFYING IN VALENCIA
LCR Honda CASTROL rider Stefan Bradl had to settle for a place on the seventh row of the grid for the Valencia Grand Prix after rain complicated MotoGP qualifying on Saturday. The German is once again deputising for the injured Cal Crutchlow at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit this weekend and struggled to adapt to the changeable conditions in south-east Spain.
Having finished a creditable 14th in a wet FP3 session, Bradl could not find the same rhythm on a drying track in FP4. It was a similar story in Q1 as he worked to try and find the best setting for his Rizoma branded Honda, eventually finishing in tenth position – 20th place overall for Sunday’s race.
#6 Stefan Bradl – (20th – 1’32.708)
“It’s been another tough day because the track condition and the weather conditions have been very inconsistent again and we didn’t have a lot of time in the dry. In FP4 there were a lot of wet patches so we couldn’t adapt the bike to the dry settings and in that short amount of time we couldn’t find the settings that we wanted to have. Obviously in qualifying I wasn’t able to put in the lap time that I wanted to. Let’s see what happens with the weather tomorrow because I feel quite good in the wet conditions. If it’s dry, we’ll have to analyse the data and find a setting that suits this track a little bit better.”