Reviews MotoGP season 2021: Stefan Bradl remains Honda test driver

00:05  20 november  2020
00:05  20 november  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Stefan Bradl has been Honda test and reserve driver since 2018. That will also be the case next year. Honda has extended the German's contract for the MotoGP season in 2021. "We are very happy and will continue with him as test driver next year," confirms team principal Alberto Puig.

The ex-racing driver from Spain finds words of praise for Bradl: "Stefan has made fantastic progress. At the beginning of the season, a year as a test driver was planned, but then Corona came. When he then stood in for Marc, he had to change his mind he did too. "

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"He found his speed. With so many tests and so many races we obviously put a lot of pressure on him. He worked very hard. Honda appreciates his work. The data he gives us is very interesting. That is why Honda is in the to continue with Stefan next year. "

Since Brno, Bradl has been racing instead of the injured Marc Marquez. In the rain at Le Mans, he shone with eighth place. Most recently, the 2011 Moto2 World Champion finished three times in a row in the World Championship points.

Another test is planned for mid-December.

Bradl is the "kilometer collector" at Honda, because he tested for two days in Jerez on Tuesday and Wednesday between Valencia 2 and Portimao. The program is secret. "I'm not allowed to talk about the Jerez test," is Bradl's only information about it.

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Another test is also planned for the 2020 calendar year, as he confirms: "We will have another test in Jerez in mid-December. We want to continue our program. So I'm looking forward to a three-week break."

Before that happens, the season finale in Portimao is on the agenda. At the beginning of October, Bradl had already been testing the RC213V for a day and a half before the French Grand Prix on the demanding track in the Algarve in Portugal.

"It's a nice track, it goes up and down. I was here for the Superbike World Championship in 2017. But I don't have any good memories because I fell and injured my wrist. I enjoyed it more with MotoGP because the electronics help and the asphalt is new. "

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Stefan Bradl has confirmed he will leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of this season . The German is now set to switch to the World Superbike championship, with Honda the hot favourite to land the seven-time grand prix winner (five in Moto 2, two in 125cc).

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"Almost everyone has ridden here. Even if they were on a superbike, they found their speed. My advantage won't be that big because everyone has been driving a lot lately. Every manufacturer already has data from this track, such as the Example for gearbox tuning. "

"The training sessions have been extended, which makes it easier to make changes. Maybe Aleix or I have a small advantage in the first 20 minutes, but then everyone will catch up. I don't expect the lap times to be as close as in Valencia will."

Bradl's program this weekend is a mix between work as a racing driver and test driver: "We always test. Of course we race, but it's always a combination of tests and races. On some weekends we had good results, sometimes we didn't have the desired success. "

"In the past races we've always found good solutions. We'll try something this weekend too, but that's normal for a regular racing driver too. We're not fighting for the world title. But it's okay. I've got it used, and the team has got used to it too. From my side, that's okay. "

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