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CATALUNYA12.02.2014

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MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 Catalunya

CATALBradl takes fifth place
At the end of a MotoGP Grand Prix punctuated by numerous falls, Stefan Bradl won a well-earned fifth place by slaloming between the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Bradley Smith. A good deal for the LCR Honda rider.

The Races
Despite a disappointing tenth place on the starting grid of the Barcelona circuit, Stefan Bradl managed to finish the Grand Prix of Catalunya in fifth position. In Moto2, Scott Redding finished fourth after experiencing tire problems that prevented him from keeping contact with the three leaders. After various difficulties during the practice sessions, Mika Kallio had a long drawn-out duel with Aegerter before losing his eighth place to the Swiss rider in the final lap. In Moto3, the Mahindra made a powerful impression. Third on the starting grid, Miguel Oliveira finished sixth, with Efren Vazquez taking the chequered flag in fifth place after fighting it out with the front runners for most of the race. Livio Loi was bitterly disappointed by his fall in the fifth lap after scrambling for a place in the top ten.

The Championship
In obtaining the best result of his career on the Barcelona circuit, Redding stays at the top of the Moto2 World Championship with a comfortable lead of 35 points over Pol Espargaro. Kallio has dropped back to fourth place. In MotoGP, Bradl has climbed to eighth position while in Moto3, Oliveira is back in sixth place with Efren Vazquez now tying with Kornfeil for eleventh position.

The Background
Like other riders, Stefan Bradl fell during the practice sessions on entering the Caixa bend. “Since last year, the front tire supplied by Bridgestone has a much more flexible carcass,” explains Christophe Bourguignon, technical director of the LCR Honda team, “a development designed to improve safety but which complicates things when it’s as hot as at the Montmelo track. This winter, the weight of the bikes was also increased four pounds, which puts a little more stress on the tire during the braking phases.” To this must be added the variations in temperature between the morning and afternoon sessions. “We try to find the solution by changing the settings and pressure of the front tire,” says Bourguignon, “but it’s never that simple, since increasing the tire pressure to improve rigidity also decreases the surface area of contact with the ground, and reduces the grip when there’s none on the track.” A real headache for the MotoGP teams.

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