Assen - Motorcycle World Champion Stefan Bradl has finished fourth in qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen. Sandro Cortese starts from the pole.
Assen - Motorcycle World Champion Stefan Bradl has made an exclamation point in qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen. The 22-year-old rookie from Zahling achieved his best result in the MotoGP with fourth place, the round at the Dutch TT, he graduated with his Honda in a strong 1: 34.035 minutes.
"I did not expect this good result because we had previously struggled with some problems. But we stayed focused and proved with this placement a great character. The starting position illustrates the potential that we have. Now all I have to do is learn to repeat it in the future, "Bradl said.
The fastest man ahead of the race on Saturday (2 pm / Sport1) was Casey Stoner (Australia / Honda), the world champion with 1: 33.713 minutes Dani Pedrosa (Spain / Honda) and World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo (Spain / Yamaha), The nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi (Italy / Ducati) had to settle for 10th place.
Sandro Cortese from Berkheim underlined his title ambitions in the Moto3 class. The 22-year-old runner-up set the fastest time with his KTM in 1: 43.645 and will start from pole position on Saturday (11.00 / Sport1) for the third time in the current season, followed by his British team-mate Danny Kent. Corteses toughest competitor, the championship leader Maverick Viñales (FTR), was more than half a second slower and starts from sixth on the grid. The Spaniard had taken the lead in the standings at Silverstone two weeks ago, two points ahead of Cortese.
Toni Finsterbusch from Krostitz (Honda / 23.) Was the second-best German, Marcel Schrötter (Vilgersthofen), who was at the start despite a finger injury with his Mahindra, finished 30th. Jonas Folger (Schwindegg / Ioda) had the most traditional race in the World Cup calendar to fight with technical problems and finished with rank 35 the last rank.
Max Neukirchner (Stollberg) drove his Kalex in the Moto2 to 18th place and can hope for championship points. The Pole took the Spanish championship leader Marc Márquez (Suter) in front of his compatriot and first pursuer Pol Espargaro (Kalex).
Meanwhile, on Friday another message made for joy among the German motorcycle fans: The Grand Prix of Germany will take place until at least 2016 at the Sachsenring. The ADAC in Munich and the promoter of the World Motorcycle Championship, Dorna Sports, agreed on a corresponding contract. The organizers are the Sachsenring Rennstreckenmanagement Gesellschaft (SRM).