LCR Honda press release
Bradl Makes His Debut Aboard The Honda RC213V
Sepang, 31 Jan: After 2-month break the premier class teams and riders were back in action today for the first official testing session held at Sepang track (Malaysia). Day one was marked by a damptrack after the light rain fell during the night but around 11:00am riders could make their first contact with the Malaysia asphalt starting the development of their new 1000cc bikes.
17 MotoGP riders (3 of them riding a MotoGP CRT machine) lapped till 6pm chasing the best set up of their prototypes ahead tomorrow’s second day of testing. Today’s pacesetter Jorge Lorenzo posted a best lap time of 2’01.657 whilst his main contender Casey Stoner only finished 14th due to a pulled muscle in his back after few laps. First outing for the reigning Moto2 World Champion Stefan Bradl aboard the LCR RCV who set the 11th lap time of the day starting his learning process of the Honda machinery.
Stefan – 2’03.668: “I am quite satisfied about this first outing aboard the new bike. After few laps I was impressed by the potential of my machine and I did not find it particularly physically demanding as I trained a lot in the winter break. We mainly concentrated on my riding position adjusting the seat, the handlebar, the foot rest and so on… Later from 1 pm to 4:45 we worked hard including the electronic side, chassis regulations and tyres changing: I posted my best lap time on hard rubber. So far I can say it was a productive day for everybody: now I need to look at the data to fix more adjustments for tomorrow”.