For the 27-year-old Honda rider, the Portuguese round ended prematurely as he was sidelined from Sunday’s race two at the Portimao track due to injury.
Stefan Bradl’s crash during Saturday afternoon’s heat one was not without further consequences for him as the pain in his right wrist became more worse last night. Nevertheless, Bradl tried it in the warm-up but after just five laps he got massive problems. After a further check in the Medical Center, it turned out that his wrist is in a worse condition than initially assumed. Therefore, Bradl had to accept well or badly that the race doctors declared him unfit for the race, although he wanted to eradicate Saturday’s rash.
The Championship continues with the series visit to France in two weeks.
#6 Stefan BRADL (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2), NS – Championship position 14th (67 points):
“The pain in my wrist has become much worse last night. Yesterday, we could see that nothing is broken. The wrist has been greatly overstretched, however, and has also suffered a hard blow. This is also to see by the traces at the glove. Before the warm-up, the joint was taped. So then, I thought I will be able to ride somehow but I was wrong because the pain was almost unbearable after a couple of laps. In addition, the mobility of the wrist is severely restricted. After the warm-up, the situation has further deteriorated.”
“So, I went to the Medical Center again for another X-Ray. This scan has confirmed that nothing is broken but it can’t rule out whether not one of these many bones has suffered a small fracture or ligaments and tendons have been damaged. Therefore, I will try to get an MRT scan at home as soon as possible. I don’t want to let time pass by, but I want to get to clarify the situation immediately. At the moment, things don’t feel so good and the next race is already in two weeks. This gives me a little headache.”
“Of course, it is a pity again because today I wanted to finish the race in the top ten for which we were capable all weekend. So, this means to make up yesterday’s failed result. But the situation has got drastically worse last night and I’m not in full possession of my power. In this condition, I would have been able to push hard. The injury is at a complicated place in the wrist, and besides, I still have a screw in the scaphoid which was broken in Assen two years ago.”
#PORWorldSBK – Results Race 2 (20 Laps):
1 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / 34´38.383
2 Michael van der Mark / Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team / Yamaha YZF R1 / +5.834
3 Marco MELANDRI / ITA / Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducait Panigale R / +9.201
NS #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team / Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2
1 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / 431
2 Tom SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / 311
3 Chaz DAVIES / GBR / Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducati Panigale R / 296
14 #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team / 67