Sport Stefan Bradl in Brno: "Difficult" conversion from Superbike to MotoGP
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Stefan Bradl ended the first training day for therace in Brno on the 14th. Place. He was one second behind the top. "It was not an easy day. In Suzuka I drove an estimated 300 laps on a Superbike. It took a while now to get used to the MotoGP bike again," reports the German. A week ago he was still driving the Superbike version of the Honda Fireblade in Japan. Technically speaking, the difference to MotoGP is enormous.
"The superbike is a bit heavier than the MotoGP motorcycle," Bradl compares. "In addition, the seating position is very different due to the high tank of the long-distance motorcycle." The Michelin tires also conveyed a completely different feeling than the Bridgestone tires. But after today it is okay and I have a feeling similar to the Sachsenring. In the morning the feeling was a bit strange. "
MotoGP rookie Quartararo keeps Rossi at a distance: "Not counting on it"
© LAT Fabio Quartararo prevailed against Valentino Rossi in Spielberg Again on the podium and again the best Yamaha rider: Fabio Quartararo (Petronas-Yamaha) celebrated his third place at the Austrian Grand Prix like a win. Despite the second place on the grid, the MotoGP rookie did not expect to be able to fight for the podium in Spielberg, let alone lead the first laps. "We actually expected that we would have to fight in the first laps.
" After FT1 I was a little disappointed because I was surprised by the engine, the chassis, the tires and the seating position because it is completely different. The Sachsenring was three weeks ago and since then I've done so many laps with the Superbike in Suzuka. After the laps today I found feeling again, but it took a while. It was not bad, but it was a difficult day. "Bradl drives a different chassis than Marc Marquez
In addition to the changeover, Bradl, who is replacing the not yet fit Jorge Lorenzo in the Honda factory team, has to complete a test program." We had two different chassis. It was clear from the start that we would do comparative tests and collect data for the future, "says the 29-year-old." Marc had different chassis. You can see that Honda works in the area of the chassis. I was working on something different than he was - on a new project. "
MotoGP in Spielberg 2019: Marquez ahead of Vinales and Dovizioso, Rossi sixth
© LAT Marc Marquez was by far the fastest driver after FT3 The top drivers did not disgrace in the third free practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg qualifies directly for the Q2. Marc Marquez (Honda) set the fastest time in FT3 ( to result ). In addition to the two factory drivers Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi, Yamaha also brought Petronas driver Fabio Quartararo into the top 10.
After Honda improved the RC213V engine over the winter, it is clear what the focus is now." It is about the braking phase and cornering, "explains the Test drivers for the Japanese. "We concentrate on this point. Usually Honda is always the first manufacturer to switch to the hard front tires. We play with the balance and rigidity of the chassis. That is obviously obvious with the carbon parts. "
The engineers try a lot on the chassis. It is about details." I think Honda has more than four chassis, "laughs Bradl." My chassis was not fundamentally different from the Sachsenring. Let's say it was an update again, a modification. Honda wants to improve the feedback for the front tire for the driver. Many drivers complain about it. Honda’s goal is to improve that. We are talking about details. And I can't talk about that. "
As always with a racing motorcycle, it's about finding the best compromise." It's always a for or again. Unfortunately, you have to sacrifice something for this. For example, you improve the feeling for the front tire, but the grip or turning gets worse, "says Bradl. The plan for Saturday is clear:" We will continue testing. Of course we will try a fast lap time. It was a good step from FT1 to FT2. I have improved by more than a second and hope that something will still be possible tomorrow. "
"A little bit of a dilemma": Suzuki in MotoGP without main sponsor .
© LAT There is no prominent main sponsor on the Suzuki GSX-RR Most MotoGP factory teams have major main sponsors. For example, Honda works with Repsol and Red Bull. Yamaha relies on Monster Energy. Ducati has a cooperation with Philip Morris ("Mission Winnow") and Aprilia relies on Sky Q among other things. At Suzuki there are no logos of a prominent main sponsor on the fairing, because Ecstar is the lubricant division of Suzuki.