Stefan Bradl may be Honda’s official test rider in MotoGP, but he still discovers subtleties on the RC213V. And the one he saw in his German Grand Prix made him so furious that he publicly exposed his employer’s incompetence. Apparently, the frustration of being ridiculous in front of his audience got the better of the professional reserve. There will be sequels at Honda…
But in fact, what is it? Honda has the greatest difficulty in living up to a reputation built up throughout a beautiful history that Mark Marquez apparently made believe still relevant for too long. Because since he is convalescent, everything is collapsing. And it’s not with this German Grand Prix that the edifice will reveal itself. On the contrary…
generally placid, and diplomatic by professional conscience, Stefan Bradl one all the more surprised by his spontaneous anger on his Sachsenring. His vehemence did not relate to a noble and complex part of his motorcycle such as the engine, leveling device or fins. But on the basic fairing unable to evacuate the calories released by scorching ambient temperatures…
We read on Todocircuito: “ this is unacceptable, Honda has not been able to develop a fairing for these temperatures “. The HRC test driver started from 18th position on the starting grid, and from the second lap he realized that it would be a very long and complicated Sunday for him. He lost three positions early in the race, dropping to 21st, and from lap seven he settled into last place in the standings.
But the retirements that occurred in front of him and the crashes of pilots such as Joan Mir we Pecco Bagnaia allowed him to cross the finish line in 16e but always last position, being the sole representative Honda to see the checkered flag after the fall of Takaaki Nakagamigive it up by Alex Marquez due to a technical problem and the package of Pol Espargaro insufficiency severe pain in the chest.
Stefan Bradl: Honda hasn’t been able to develop a fairing that allows riders to survive in this heat”
After finishing the race 22 seconds from the penultimate Remy Gardner, Bradl openly criticized the setbacks of the Honda in hot conditions like those produced on Sunday in Germany, with mercury exceeding 35°C. ” Pol Espargaró had to stop because of the blow to the chest and also because of the heat. I don’t even know why I finished the race. I was more than 21 seconds from the penultimate. You showed up stupid and silly when you’re in your Grand Prix from home in Germany. It was terrible “choked the German.
Bradlvisibly upset, sent a loud and clear message to Tokyo not to prevent a situation like the one the HRC pilots had to endure in the country of Saxony: “ Honda hasn’t been able to develop a fairing that allows riders to survive in this heat “. He adds : ” the message must reach them, it’s not acceptable, it can’t be like that. I’ve been through other hard and hot races, but this one, I don’t even know how I managed to finish it “.
Asked about the specific problems by the heat, the pilot of 32 responds in comment: after following the group in the first corners, I could not brake because the lever in my right hand became very hot and I could not control the motorcycle, I burned my fingers. With so many curves on the left, the right hand also gets no air, and that makes everything even more complicated. After ten turns, my right foot is burned “.
In the own words of Bradlthe Honda ” is impossible to drive in these temperature conditions “, and he demands to ” find an urgent solution for future appointments in which the mercury was again recorded temperatures above 30º C. What consequence will this heatstroke have, figuratively speaking, in Honda ?
Results of the MotoGP German Grand Prix at Sachsenring:
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