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After crossing the finish line of the Grand Prix of The Netherlands in sixth place after qualifying for the front line, Stefan Bradl has moved back up to seventh place in the MotoGP championship.

MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 Netherlands

NDL2The Races
Never before since his debut in MotoGP has Stefan Bradl managed to make it to the first line of the starting grid. The rider of the Honda LCR team did that on the Assen circuit, fifteen years after the last German to make it to the first line, namely Ralf Waldmann at Brno in 1998. The race unfortunately was more difficult for Bradl. At odds with the grip of his tires, Stefan had to settle for sixth place in the Grand Prix, which saw Valentino Rossi get back his winning streak once again, more than two years after his last success. In Moto2, down to the last bend Scott Redding once again was in a fight to the finish for the top step of the podium, hot on the wheels of the winner a tenth of a second ahead. In fourth place, Mika Kallio missed the podium by the same difference. In Moto3, Miguel Oliveira confirmed Mahindra’s progress by finishing fourth after winning his first pole position of the season. Efren Vazquez crossed the finish line in twelfth position. Plagued by handling problems, Livio Loi finished twenty-third and did not score any points at all.

The Championship
Finishing hot on the wheels of Pol Espargaro, Scott Redding continues to be top rider in the Moto2 championship with a comfortable lead of thirty points over the Spaniard. Mika Kallio lies in fourth position, eight points from Rabat. In MotoGP Bradl has moved up to seventh place overall while in Moto3, Oliveira has consolidated his sixth place by reducing the gap with Marquez to just three points. Vazquez is now thirteenth and Loi twenty-fourth.

The Background
By winning the pole position for the fifth race in its short history, the Mahindra Moto3 developed by Suter Engineering was talk of the town in the Netherlands. “I’m really happy with this result,” commented afterwards Miguel Oliveira, the first Portuguese rider to achieve such a performance in Grand Prix. “We had a few problems heating the tires during the free practice sessions, and I was only able to increase the pace during the last few minutes of the qualifying session.” For Didier Langouet the pole position was a golden opportunity. “It was a dream come true,” said the technician for the Mahindra team. “The bike is only a few months old, and compared with the KTMs, we have a great chassis, but we still suffer from a lack of engine performance. The regulations prevent us from using more than nine per driver, which limits our room for manoeuvre. The priority is reliability.”

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