ARDUOUS RACE FOR LOCAL HERO AT SACHSENRING CIRCUIT
Doubtless the local hero Stefan Bradl really wanted to give something to cheer to his national fans today but his home race concluded with a disappointing 16th place. After yesterday’s excellent front row, today’s 30-lap race was conducted in mixed conditions under cloudy skies, and from third on the grid, the German started alone towards the front on slick tyres and led the early laps. With the track drying quickly much of the rest of the field changed from wet set-up to dry after the final Warm Up lap and they had to start from pit lane. Despite his advantage Bradl could not keep the pace and dropped to 16th place.
Stefan: “Just before the race it started to rain and after two sightseeing laps on wet rubber, we decided to change to slick tyres on the grid because I thought that the track would have dried up quickly. At the first moment it seemed that we had an advantage but on the grid we had some issues in changing the front fork to dry as the time was not enough. So I started the race with rain setting and slick tyres and it was a real gamble. When I saw the others starting from the pit, I could have done the same as my bike was ready and I am sorry for this mistake. I was 3 seconds slower in the lap because my setting was not correct. I am speechless right now because this is the worst way to end my home race but I want to thank my fans for their great support throughout this weekend”.