After the announcement on Monday of the extended absence of Marc Marquez for, at the least, the primary two Grands Prix of the 2021 season, Honda confirmed that it’s its check driver, Stefan Bradl, who will take the vacant place on the grid, at the least for the Grand Prix of Qatar which is able to kick off the championship this week.
Bradl has already made up for the absence of # 93 final season from the Brno spherical, lastly competing in 11 Grands Prix with the Repsol Honda staff. “It will not be a leap into the deep finish for me”, he commented yesterday on the microphone of Servus TV.
Sacred World Champion in Moto2 ten years in the past, the German then performed 5 full seasons within the premier class, then he multiplied the commitments, nonetheless in MotoGP but in addition in WorldSBK. Official HRC check driver for 3 years, he has been lined up for 20 Grands Prix, generally as a wild card and generally in its place.
“The damage [de Márquez] will not be but utterly healed. He had a bone graft and accomplished the complete program [de soins]. On Monday it was determined that he ought to relaxation for the primary two races in Qatar and that I may exchange him. It is a disgrace for Marc, however an important alternative for me “, he pressured to the German tv channel.
“I anticipated a choice to be made final Wednesday or Thursday. I did not need to ask the query, however I used to be already impatient,” he relates. “It has now been determined that his arm will not be but absolutely recovered, and he additionally has some points along with his shoulder. It’s most likely a sensible choice. He want to experience, however he isn’t but absolutely recovered. . “
Accidented throughout the first Grand Prix of the 2020 season, Marc Marquez tried to return to competitors the next weekend, to no avail. The deterioration of his situation and a very advanced restoration ended up stopping him from returning to the tracks throughout this championship, the place he was unable to defend his title. Whereas his situation remained unsure this winter, the title of Andrea Dovizioso was cited as a possible alternative, earlier than that speculation light away. Final week, Aprilia introduced an upcoming check with the Italian rider, who can also be concerned in motocross in Italy.
It’s due to this fact no shock that Stefan Bradl was lastly formally confirmed by Honda on Tuesday. “I want to thank the HRC and need Marc the perfect for his continued restoration”, underlines the German, who was capable of experience this winter as a check driver. “We had check and I drove properly after a busy 2020 and begin to 2021. Hopefully we will have one other stable weekend and collect good data for Honda.”
“It will likely be nice to race in Qatar once more: it has been some time since I raced there [2016, ndlr], however each checks clearly allowed me to regain my marks with the monitor, so I do not assume that will probably be a drawback for us. “
Because it stands, Marc Marquez must miss at the least the primary two rounds, which is able to happen in Qatar. A subsequent medical check-up is scheduled for April 12 to determine whether or not or not he’ll be capable to resume competitors on the Portuguese Grand Prix, scheduled for that week. Through the coaching runs he has made in current days on the handlebars of an RC213V-S, the Spanish champion has exactly examined his bodily kind in Portimão, a monitor on which his opponents raced in November. That is the place Stefan Bradl had his greatest results of the season, with a seventh place.
With Sebastian Fraenzschky