Bradl: I don’t understand furious Aprilia press release

Aprilia MotoGP racer Stefan Bradl says he doesn’t understand why the team published a post-Austrian GP press release slating its riders and technical management.

Bradl: I don’t understand furious Aprilia press release
Stefan Bradl, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Stefan Bradl, Aprilia Gresini Racing Team
Stefan Bradl, Aprilia Gresini Racing Team
Stefan Bradl, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Stefan Bradl, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Stefan Bradl, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Stefan Bradl, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Alvaro Bautista, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Stefan Bradl, Aprilia Gresini Racing Team

Speaking exclusively to Motorsport.com at Brno ahead of this weekend’s Czech Grand Prix, Bradl explained that his jump start in Austria was compounded by a “confusing” dashboard signal that caused him to pit and switch off his engine rather than take a ride-through penalty.

After the race, both team principal Romano Albesiano and Roberto Colaninno, CEO of the Piaggio Group that owns Aprilia, strongly criticised what happened in a post-race press release.

“I don’t understand the press release, I have to be honest,” said Bradl. “I don’t understand why the people say something like this. As a team, we win together and we lose together.

“We are human, we all make mistakes. It’s not that we weren’t concentrating: five guys jumping the start in a MotoGP race is absolutely not normal.

“I don’t understand why Aprilia put the comments of the team owner in the press release instead of the riders, but it’s their decision. I’m happy to be in Brno to try to make it forgotten, and to focus on this weekend.

“I’m old enough to realise the situation and know what’s going on. Life is not always easy here, and it’s moving very fast. I cannot make a clearer answer. I cannot add more.”

Bradl “thought something was wrong”

The 26-year-old German admitted he was at fault for jumping the start, along with another four riders, but said what then transpired was a miscommunication.

“I jumped the start a little bit,” he said. “When I crossed the finish line at the end of my fourth lap I got a signal on my dashboard that was not correct, basically. I didn’t understand the alarm signal.

“So I thought something was wrong with the bike, and the crazy signal on the dashboard does not give you a comfortable feeling going up the hill when you are at more than 300kmh, so I decided to slow down. I was a bit confused, so I decided to pit and stop the engine.

“The race was gone already, but when the mechanics told me it was a ride-through penalty then I understood and restarted the engine. It was not counted as a ride-through, so I had to do it again.”

The ride-through penalties for Bradl and Alvaro Bautista demoted them to 19th and 16th respectively at the finish.

It was the first time that Aprilia hadn't scored points since last year's Japan race.

Interview by Jamie Klein

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