With Open riders Aleix Espargaro, Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso in the top four Bradl felt it showed that the gain of the super-soft tyre was too great at the end of the session and that it places the Factory riders at too great a disadvantage. With the German sandwiched by Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi on the timesheets it is clear that in Qatar the advantage of the softer rubber is quite large.
When asked by Crash.net about the disadvantage of having to run harder rubber to make the top ten cutoff for an automatic spot in Q2 Bradl said:
“You can see that the Open bikes are quite fast and that the advantage that they have is a bit too big at the moment,” commented the former Moto2 champion. “We’re here at the first race so we’ll need to wait and see how it is at the second race weekend but at this moment I’m suffering with the tyre.”
While his race pace has been solid Bradl admitted that single lap speed is an issue for the LCR rider and that he will need to spend time examining the data looking for a solution.
“I’m struggling for a fast lap but our race pace looks OK but there are many guys in the same range. We are missing a little bit on the fast lap and it looks like some other guys are trying to push and the result isn’t very good but we’ll look at the data and try and improve our pace tomorrow for one lap. I was using the hard front and I tried both tyres and there isn’t a big difference between both tyres. The soft tyre is good for one or two laps and then you can forget it.