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Although he didn’t make it to the podium he’s been aiming for since the start of the year, Stefan Bradl still put on a great show in Germany, to the delight of the public.

MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 Germany

GERMThe Races
Despite being fourth on the starting grid and fourth to take the chequered flag, Stefan Bradl didn’t benefit from the absence of Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, both of whom were injured during the practice test sessions, to make it to the podium at Sachsenring. The LCR Honda rider still completed five laps in the lead before being overtaken by Marquez, Crutchlow and Rossi. In Moto2 the riders of the Marc VDS Racing Team suffered from tire problems that prevented them from getting the win they hoped for. Scott Redding finished seventh and Mika Kallio was thirteenth. In Moto3, Miguel Olivieira and Efren Vazquez flew the Mahindra flag high by finishing fourth and sixth respectively.

The Championship
With his fourth place, Stefan Bradl has consolidated his position at seventh place in the MotoGP standings. The German rider has even reduced Andrea Dovizioso’s lead to ten points. Although he conceded seven points to Pol Espargaro, Scott Redding is still the solid leader in the Moto2 standings as the championship is about to move into its second half. The British rider still has a twenty-three point lead over Pol Espargaro. Mika Kallio has moved up to fifth position while in Moto3 Miguel Olivieira, sixth, is just one point behind Alex Marquez. Efren Vazquez has made it to the top ten.

The Background
By completing five laps in the lead of the German Grand Prix MotoGP after overtaking Valentino Rossi in the first few bends, Stefan Bradl set the grandstands at Sachsenring on fire. “It was great,” admits the LCR Honda rider. “I would have liked to thank all my supporters by making it to the podium, but that was not to be this weekend. When others overtook me, I realized something was missing in the second part of the circuit. I didn’t have enough corner speed to keep up with them.” By finishing fourth only four seconds from the podium and Valentino Rossi, Stefan Bradl still rode one of his best races since he moved up to the premier-class category. “We weren’t far off,” was the analysis of Christophe Bourguignon, technical director of the LCR Honda team. “Compared with the practice test sessions, Stefan rode two or three tenths slower per lap. That’s what cost us the podium. In his defence, he was facing a lot of pressure on his home ground. He was no doubt a little apprehensive, and worried about making a mistake. The good thing is that he now knows he can ride in the lead of a Grand Prix. That will help us in the rest of the championship.”

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