Stefan Bradl may be Honda’s official test rider in MotoGP, but he still discovers subtleties on the RC213V. And the one he saw in his German Grand Prix made him so furious that he publicly exposed his employer’s incompetence. Apparently, the frustration of being ridiculous in front of his audience got the better of the professional reserve. There will be sequels at Honda…
But in fact, what is it? Honda has the greatest difficulty in living up to a reputation built up throughout a beautiful history that Mark Marquez has apparently made believe still relevant for too long. Because since he is convalescent, everything is collapsing. And it’s not with this German Grand Prix that the building will consolidate. On the contrary…
Generally placid, and diplomatic by professional conscience, Stefan Bradl surprised all the more with his spontaneous anger on his Sachsenring. His vehemence did not relate to a noble and complex part of his motorcycle such as the engine, leveling device or fins. But on the basic fairing unable to evacuate the calories released by scorching ambient temperatures…
We read on Todocircuito: “ this is unacceptable, Honda has not been able to develop a fairing for these temperatures “. The HRC test driver started from 18th position on the starting grid, and from the second lap he realized that it would be a very long and complicated Sunday for him. He lost three positions at the start of the race, falling to 21st place, and from the seventh lap he settled in last place in the standings.
But the retirements that occurred in front of him and the crashes of pilots such as Joan Mir Where Pecco Bagnaia allowed him to cross the finish line in 16e but always last position, being the sole representative Honda to see the checkered flag after the fall of Takaaki Nakagamiabandonment by Alex Marquez due to a technical problem and the package of Pol Espargaro suffering from severe chest pain.
Stefan Bradl: Honda hasn’t been able to develop a fairing that allows riders to survive in this heat”
After finishing the race 22 seconds from the penultimate Remy Gardner, Bradl openly criticized the setbacks of the Honda in hot conditions like those observed on Sunday in Germany, with mercury exceeding 35°C. ” Pol Espargaró had to stop because of the blow to the chest and also because of the heat. I don’t even know why I finished the race. I was more than 21 seconds from the penultimate. You feel stupid and silly when you are in your Grand Prix from home in Germany. It was terrible “choked the German.
Bradlvisibly annoyed, sent a loud and clear message to Tokyo not to repeat a situation like the one that the HRC pilots had to endure in the country of Saxony: “ Honda hasn’t been able to develop a fairing that allows riders to survive in this heat “. He adds : ” the message must reach them, it’s not acceptable, it can’t be like that. I’ve been through other hard and hot races, but this one, I don’t even know how I managed to finish it “.
Asked about the specific problems caused by the heat, the pilot of 32 years commented: after following the group in the first corners, I could not brake because the lever in my right hand became very hot and I could not control the motorcycle, I burned my fingers. With so many curves on the left, the right hand hardly gets any air, and that makes everything even more complicated. After ten turns, my right foot is burned “.
In the own words of Bradlthe Honda ” is impossible to drive in these temperature conditions “, and he demands to ” find an urgent solution » for future appointments in which the mercury again registers temperatures above 30º C. What consequence will this heatstroke have, in the figurative sense, for Honda ?
Results of the MotoGP German Grand Prix at Sachsenring:
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