Stefan Bradl experimented with setup changes during the opening practice session at Mugello with the LCR rider using a new swingarm at the Italian venue. Bradl, who has finished fourth at Mugello in both his previous MotoGP starts, was pleased with the changes and felt that they allowed him to perform better on used tyres which has been an issue of late for the German.
Speaking exclusively to Crash.net Bradl said:
“The bike was not too bad,” said Bradl. “We had tried some new settings based on a longer swingarm and it was working well and the good thing is that we improved our laptime at the end on old tyres which is a good aspect for us because we have not been good on these in the last few races.”
Having lost the second session due to mixed conditions Bradl felt that it wouldn’t cause much effect for the rest of the weekend, “Last year we also lost a session so everyone is in the same situation and now we have to the best of the rest of the track time that we have.”
With the MotoGP field able to use the larger 340mm brake discs at Mugello Bradl echoed the thoughts of many of his competitors by saying that he didn’t expect it to be used this weekend and that the main benefits will come at later circuits such as Barcelona:
“I didn’t use the 340mm because for us it’s not a big problem right now, we’ll see how it is when the temperature goes up, but Mugello is not one of the circuits that we have brake problems.”