This weekend the 11th round of the MotoGP championship continued in America at the Indianapolis circuit. The previous round was held at Laguna Seca, which saw just the MotoGP riders out in force, but this weekend the Moto2 and Moto3 machines were back in action. SHARK’s supported riders collected season points finishing within the top-ten in both Moto2 and MotoGP.
Getting underway in warm, sunny conditions, the 28-lap MotoGP race saw SHARK’s Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) score another top-ten finish in a respectable sixth position. In qualifying the young German had his second best performance of the season – he had been fourth at Assen – qualifying fifth fastest at his first visit to the Indiana circuit. Bradl is sitting sixth in the overall championship with 94 points.
Meanwhile in the Moto2 class, Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) had a difficult start to the race. Loosing touch with the front runners, the SHARK-man hit a false neutral on the opening lap, but fought hard to catch up and finished in a well deserved sixth place. Fellow SHARK supported Johann Zarco (JiR) finished just outside the top-ten in 12th place.
The next round will take place this coming weekend in the Czech Republic, at the Brno circuit.
Stefan Bradl: sixth – Honestly, it was not one of our best races so far and I am a bit disappointed because we looked stronger than this. Sixth position is not a disaster, but I was expecting a bit more considering the pace of our qualification yesterday. Unfortunately I was not able to push in the first gear corners and I was losing quite a lot in the acceleration areas. I tried to pull it back in section two and section three, which was possible in the beginning, but not over the all race distance. At the end I had to accept that today we were not so strong but we are doing well and we still hold the sixth position in the world standing.
Scott Redding: sixth – I knew I had to go with the leading group of riders if I was to be in with a shot of the podium, but the opening lap put paid to that plan. Firstly I hit the back of Simon into turn three when everyone braked early and then I missed a gear at the start of the main straight. I lost time in both incidents and by that time the leading trio had gone. I was involved in a big group for most of the race and, although I was faster, it was almost impossible to get past them. I was losing so much ground on the straight the only way to pass was to go underneath them from miles back into turn one. It was a bit risky, but it eventually worked. Once clear I managed to catch Lüthi and Mika, but ran out of laps before I could line them up for a pass. Other than missing out on the podium I’m pretty happy with my race, but I’ll be looking for more next weekend in Brno.