Stefan Bradl was able to grab three points after a difficult weekend in Sunday’s race at the Brandenburg circuit.
Stefan Bradl was by far not 100 percent fit for race two at the Lausitzring. But at least the situation had improved considerably since last night. The 27-year-old German Superbike rookie did not want to further disappoint the many local fans. So, Bradl gritted his teeth and showed a determined ride to finish the strenuous 21 laps distance bravely. From the start, the Honda rider was involved in position battles and showed a lot of commitment despite his handicap.
The next destination of the FIM Superbike World Championship is Portugal’s Algarve coastline where round ten of the series will take place at the Portimao track in four weeks.
#6 Stefan BRADL (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, Honda CBR1000RR SP2), 13th – Championship position 14 (67 points):
“First of all, I’m glad that I was able to ride today at all. The pain in the left arm was bearable and I could finish the race at least. Nevertheless, I’m far from being 100 percent fit. The position, of course, does not meet the expectations. Not at all, after I started with a good feeling in the weekend actually. On the other hand, there hardly has been changes on technical side after the long summer break. Principally, it is still the same. We are not competitive enough to achieve something in this championship.”
“In addition, the track’s condition here with its many bumps is not at its best. Therefore, the Lausitzring requires some very finely tuned electronics. But this is still our greatest weakness. I had to fight hard to get this points at all. I rode the whole race in a group, but I never could attack in a proper way. I was able to catch up a position sometimes, but I must risk a lot to do so. That would not have gone well throughout 21 laps and in my current condition, I could not allow myself to crash once more. Simply said, we were just too slow regarding the pace. So, actually, this fact hurts more than my arm. I’m therefore not satisfied with the overall situation at all.”
#GermanWorldSBK – Results Race 2 (21 Laps):
1 Chaz DAVIES / GBR / Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducati Panigale R / 34´05.220
2 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / +2.290
3 Marco MELANDRI / ITA / Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducait Panigale R / +4.388
13 #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team / Honda CBR1000RR SP2 / +36.772
1 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / 381
2 Tom SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / 311
3 Chaz DAVIES / GBR / Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducati Panigale R / 276
14 #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team / 67