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USA Laguna Seca12.02.2014

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By making it to the podium after winning the first pole position of his career in MotoGP the day before, Stefan Bradl had a great weekend on the Laguna Seca raceway.

MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 Laguna Seca

lagunaThe Race
Starting from pole position, Stefan Bradl stayed in the lead of the Grand Prix of the United States for eighteen laps before giving way to Marc Marquez. “I was under a lot of pressure,” admits the Honda LCR rider. I had a difficult start to the season, but we’ve been making progress in the last few races. Starting from the first place on the grid, I knew I shouldn’t panic. I was very careful during the first few laps because with a full tank, the bike wasn’t easy to control. Then I tried to keep my pace without making any mistakes. When Mark overtook me, I didn’t take any chances. My goal was to get to the podium. But I did everything I could to fight off Rossi. I’m glad I succeeded.” Second after thirty-two laps of the race only 2.209 seconds behind Marc Marquez, MotoGP championship leader Stefan Bradl can be proud of his California weekend.

The Championship
With his first podium in MotoGP, Stefan Bradl pocketed twenty points allowing him to move up one position in the overall standings. The German driver now stands in sixth place ahead of Andrea Dovizioso.

The Background
Winning your first pole position on the Laguna Seca raceway is quite a feat. It certainly was an achievement for Stefan Bradl at the Grand Prix of the United States, the ninth round of the MotoGP championship. “I’m really pleased with my performance even though it doesn’t get me any extra points in the standings,” the Honda LCR rider commented before stepping up to his first podium the next day. “It’s my first pole position, but it’s also the first pole position of a German rider in the blue ribbon category. Let’s say it makes it a little more historic. I rode a perfect lap and I have to thank my team for giving me the bike to do it.” For Christophe Bourguignon, the technical director of the Honda LCR team, Stefan is confirming his potential: “He qualified for the front line in Assen, he led the race in Germany… It’s clear that our rider is able to do things this season he failed to achieve last year. We managed our free practice sessions well, which allowed us to be qualified without having to change the settings of the bike. He was hindered in his first run by Nicky Hayden, but he had a clear lap with his second tyre. And he made the most of it.”

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