Bradl ‘I’ve never seen a tyre like this’

stefan bradl cota race 2014 (1)Stefan Bradl had to settle for fourth in Sunday’s Americas MotoGP, the LCR Honda rider being plagued by tyre issues throughout the race. 

Like many riders, Bradl suffered severe graining on the front tyre causing its performance to drop rapidly in the second half of the race.

“It looks good and our pace was OK,” Bradl told “It was unfortunate to miss the podium but it was so close. I struggled so much with my front tyre. It was unbelievable and I started to grain after ten laps and I can be happy to finish the race. I’m a little bit disappointed to miss the podium.”

When asked if he was surprised by the tyre problems, Bradl commented that going into the race tyre life was not a concern for him:

stefan bradl cota race 2014 (2)“We used these tyres for more than 20 laps this weekend without any problems. Then today many people suffered with the front tyres. It’s strange and when you look at the tyre wear it is unbelievable and I’ve never seen a tyre like this. From that perspective I can be happy to finish the race and fourth is not too bad for us. It’s unlucky to be so close to the podium and to miss it. I haven’t talked to Bridgestone yet but we’ll investigate it and speak to our technicians and I think that it will be a general comment of the riders to have a meeting with them.”

Bradl joined the likes of Valentino Rossi, Andrea Iannone and Scott Redding in suffering the front tyre misery.

The next race of the MotoGP campaign sees the teams travel to Argentina for a new round of the championship. Last year Bradl was one of the riders who visited the circuit and he clearly came away impressed:

“It could be a good track for MotoGP and really fast. I think that we can enjoy it and we’ll see how the weather is and the track conditions. Hopefully it will be fun because the track looks good there.”

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