Stefan Bradl is to miss the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island. The LCR Honda man had arrived in Australia just five days after surgery on his fractured ankle, and had passed medical tests on Thursday which passed him fit to try to ride during the Friday morning session of practice, after which Bradl would have to undergo a second examination. Bradl posted the 20th fastest time during FP1, but was nearly four seconds off the pace and clearly struggling.
The second examination showed that Bradl was struggling with both pain and a lack of movement, and the circuit doctors declared Bradl unfit, ruling him out of any further contention. Bradl conceded that this was the right decision to make, admitting that his condition meant that any further participation would have been dangerous for both himself and the other riders.
Below is the press release from the LCR Honda team:
BRADL TRIED HIS BEST BUT HAS BEEN DECLARED UNFIT
Phillip Island, 18 October: the LCR Honda racer Stefan Bradl has been declared unfit after a second medical check straight after he completed FP1. The 23-year-old from Germany took to the Australian race track this morning for the free session one and was only capable of riding his RC213V for 11 laps. The second medical exam carried out by Dr. Brent May (Chief Medical Officer of the Australian circuit) and Doctor Michele Macchiagodena (MotoGP Medical Director) revealed that Bradl needs more time to complete his full recovery.
“There was a very small chance for me to ride here and we knew it would have been much better in Japan but I wanted to try anyway. Of course it was painful and even the mobility of the ankle is not perfect yet: this is the reason why I have been declared unfit and I agree with them. I had injections and painkillers this morning but I was too slow on the track and this is too risky for me and also for the other riders. The Clinica Mobile staff made an excellent job and I could jump on the bike only five days after the surgery so I want to thank them because they are helping me to heal quickly. I am frustrated but I have done the impossible to be back here: now we will concentrate to be as close to 100% fit as we can for Japan”.