The opening night of Qatar MotoGP practice was a frustrating one for Stefan Bradl with the German twelfth on the timesheets having spent the opening practice session on the hard compound tyre in a bid to save soft tyres for qualifying.
“We used the hard tyre from the beginning to the end of the session and that’s why we’re quite slow and at the back of the timesheets,” said the LCR Honda rider. “This was our plan to save tyres for tomorrow.
“When we tested the soft tyre would only last three to four laps and then there was a big drop so now we need to evaluate whether we’re faster with the soft or the hard so that’s the target for tomorrow.
Even though the riders that tested in Qatar had a clear advantage tonight, Bradl commented afterwards that this will be much less apparent as the weekend progresses.
“I don’t think that the test will be a major advantage, the other riders will adapt and improve. The situation with the new heat protection tyres is limited because you arrive to a certain speed and then you are stuck by the grip of the tyre.”