Stefan Bradl finished the Sachsenring race with burns to his right hand and right foot. “The bike is unusable in this heat, we have to find a solution,” he demanded of Honda.
Stefan Bradl is not the type to be at the center of controversy, nor to stir up a stir for nothing. But too much is too much. The Honda test driver, replacing Marc Marquez, went through hell at the German Grand Prix, and attacked his employer on Sunday afternoon. In question: burns related to the Honda RC213V, “which does not allow the pilots to ride in this heat”.
“After two laps, I couldn’t pull the brake anymore because my fingers were burnt, he explained. With so many left turns, the right hand doesn’t have much headwind, which compounded the problem. After ten rounds, my right foot was also burnt. Pol (Espargaro) stopped because of his pain, and also because of the heat. Honda failed to develop a fairing that allowed riders to ride in this heat. This message must get through. It’s not okay. This is unacceptable. »
“I don’t even know why I finished the race, lamented the only German rider on the grid in MotoGP, who arrived sixteenth and therefore last classified. I was more than 21 seconds from the penultimate. You feel stupid when you look like a fool at the German Grand Prix, at home. It was terrible. » And to emphasize: “The bike is unusable in these weather conditions, we urgently need to find a solution to this. »
Extremely rare statements from a driver employed by the manufacturer he is attacking, who is also a test driver. They say a lot about the situation in which Honda finds itself, which had its first Grand Prix at the Sachsenring without a point since that of Nogaro 1982, in France, forty years earlier.
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