LCR Honda MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl made his debut at the new addition to the 2013 calender at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas yesterday on the first day of a three day private test for Honda and Yamaha MotoGP teams.
|Bradl finds his way around Texas
Photo: LCR MotoGP
The German, about to begin his second season with Lucio Cecchinello’s squad, took some time to get comfortable with the demanding 5.513km circuit as low morning temperatures kept grip levels to a minimum. The track came to the riders later in the day after the temperature rose and the MotoGP machines had laid rubber on the incredibly smooth but abrasive Texan surface; Bradl was able to find his rhythm on a track that is proving far from easy to master with it’s blind corners, elevation changes, very technical first section of uphill hairpin the down hill to fast flowing corners and braking from 210mph where gearing and reference points are essential.
The first day was used purely to get used to track direction and gearing and saw Bradl post a creditable fourth-fastest time of 2’06.453s. Today the team will embark on more technical settings to provide the factory Honda rider with all the support he needs as he gets to grips with one of the most technically demanding tracks on the calendar.
Bradl said “It’s a very nice circuit with an interesting layout and everything is well organized. You can see it’s a bit more for car races (especially in the first part) so it took me some time to find the ideal line but after some laps I started to enjoy it. After we have analyzed the track, we started to work on the bike set-up because there are many hard-braking points and a lot of fast changing direction here. Overall it was a quite good first run out for us and I was positively impressed by this new circuit which is very technical”.