Stefan Bradl ends German GP in 16th

Stefan Bradl ends German GP in 16th

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A gruelling German Grand Prix came to a lacklustre end for the Repsol Honda Team with Bradl in 16th as pain forces Pol Espargaro to retire.

Home hero Stefan Bradl finished on the edge of the points after gritting his teeth through a physically demanding German GP. Crossing the line in 16th, Bradl completed the race and gained more data for Honda HRC as they continue to work on improving the Honda RC213V.

Unfortunately, Pol Espargaro’s injuries from his falls in Free Practice 1 proved too much in combination with the heat and the length of the race, forcing his retirement. An impressive launch off the line had the #44 battling for the top ten but he was forced to watch on as he slowly dropped through the field as the pain increased.

The Repsol Honda Team now head directly to Assen for the eleventh race of the season before the mid-year Summer Break.

Stefan Bradl (16th)

“Today is a sad day, I had a big issue with riding the bike in this heat. After following people for the first few corners, I couldn’t brake because my right hand, the lever, became so hot and I couldn’t control the bike. After a couple of laps, I had to drop back to get some fresh air for the bike and for my body. I just tried to finish the race, it was physically more than on the limit and I also have a burn on my right foot because it was so hot. It’s not acceptable to have this situation, we need to improve it. Luckily in Assen we have a chance to fix this problem.”

Pol Espargaro (DNF)

“It was a tough weekend already and then today was another hard day. The ribs just need time to recover but putting more stress on them each day doesn’t help. I tried to do what I could in the race, but the pain got worse and worse and with the heat, I was struggling to breathe. We also had a lot of heat on my right foot which added to the pain. I had to retire; the pain was too extreme. Now I will go home and recover there, the rib injury is similar to what I had in Valencia last year so I know how to deal with them a bit. Three days is not a lot before Assen, but it is what it is.”

Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland – Race Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 BAGNAIA FRANCESCO 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1’19.931
1 QUARTARARO FABIO 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 41’12.816
2 ZARCO JOHANN 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 4.939
3 MILLER JACK 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 8.372
4 ESPARGARO ALEIX 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 9.113
5 MARINI LUCA 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 11.679
6 MARTIN JORGE 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 13.164
7 BINDER BRAD 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 15.405
8 DI GIANNANTONIO FABIO 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 15.581
9 OLIVEIRA MIGUEL 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 19.74
10 BASTIANINI ENEA 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 21.611
11 BEZZECCHI MARCO 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 23.175
12 FERNANDEZ RAUL 25 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 26.548
13 MORBIDELLI FRANCO 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 29.014
14 DOVIZIOSO ANDREA 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 30.68
15 GARDNER REMY 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 30.812
16 BRADL STEFAN 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 52.04
17 ESPARGARO POL 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
18 VINALES MAVERICK 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia DNF
19 NAKAGAMI TAKAAKI 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda DNF
20 MARQUEZ ALEX 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda DNF
21 BINDER DARRYN 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha DNF
22 BAGNAIA FRANCESCO 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati DNF
23 MIR JOAN 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki DNF