2013 Motegi MotoGP FP Result: Brave Bradl On Top

Riding with the effects of a fractured right ankle Stefan Bradl has amazingly headed a Honda top three after MotoGP FP at Motegi. The young German proved his mettle and fitness to lead the Repsol Honda pair of Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez by a tenth of a second. It wasn't all plain sailing for the factory Hondas though as Marquez sent a massive scare through the camp after a scary crash at the lightning fast turn twelve.

The championship leader lost the front coming out of the tunnel and cart wheeled violently through the adjacent gravel trap, knocking his head and right arm several times and losing the visor from his helmet in the process. Remarkably he was able to walk away in tact, return to his pit box to remove the gravel from his nostrils and head back out on his second bike to further improve his lap times and once again underline his uncanny resilience.

Yesterday's pole-man Jorge Lorenzo looked consistent and fast in the early running but had to settle for the fourth fastest time ahead of Alvaro Bautista. Bautista also had a crash, losing the front at turn ten in the final minutes whilst pushing on a very quick lap, he thankfully also walked away unharmed and made it four Hondas in the top five. Cal Crutchlow ended in sixth place ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi while Nicky Hayden and Bradley Smith completed the top ten after the first and only dry session of a trying Japanese Grand Prix weekend so far.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'46.440    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'46.459 0.019 0.019
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'46.563 0.123 0.104
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'46.580 0.140 0.017
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'46.635 0.195 0.055
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1'46.740 0.300 0.105
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'46.913 0.473 0.173
8 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'47.102 0.662 0.189
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 1'47.187 0.747 0.085
10 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'47.476 1.036 0.289
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'47.732 1.292 0.256
12 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha 1'48.074 1.634 0.342
13 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 1'48.300 1.860 0.226
14 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 1'48.475 2.035 0.175
15 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'48.555 2.115 0.080
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 1'48.629 2.189 0.074
17 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'48.658 2.218 0.029
18 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'49.010 2.570 0.352
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 1'49.090 2.650 0.080
20 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 1'49.497 3.057 0.407
21 70 Michael LAVERTY ART 1'49.954 3.514 0.457
22 23 Luca SCASSA ART 1'50.260 3.820 0.306
23 50 Damian CUDLIN PBM 1'50.427 3.987 0.167
24 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 1'52.160 5.720 1.733
25 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 1'52.877 6.437 0.717


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How many crashes is that this year? I count 9 or 10 for Marquez. Somehow he gets away with them which perhaps is a talent in itself. Looks like he has the speed so all he has to do is follow JLO and not succumb to the pressure cooker JLO will put him in.

escaping from possible injuries from terrible crashes is perhaps a talent in itself ? lol, come on man...that's luck..when one crashes, one has hardly anything in control in their hands for their talent or its lack thereof to matter at all..

that's the way I feel about crashes, too. I've had fellow racers tell me about having the presence of mind to tuck in the extremities, or try to slide, or hold your helmet off the pavement.
But in my case I attribute luck to the fact that I wasn't seriously injured in my crash history. Luck and good leathers.

I've seen a figure putting him at 13-14 so far. At this rate he is set to almost double JL's rookie season figure of 8, and 7-8 times as many crashes as JL this season (whose only 2 crashes pretty much crippled his title hopes). The fact that he has escaped pretty much any real injury is a miracle that stands as the only reason he leads JL or DP.