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Stefan Bradl (born 29 November 1989) is a German motorcycle racer. He is the 2011 Moto2 World Champion, and the son of former racer Helmut Bradl. As of 2017, Bradl competes in the Superbike World Championship, where he rides a Honda CBR1000RR.

Stefan Bradl
Stefan Bradl signing autographs at Indianapolis 2012.jpg
Bradl signing autographs at the 2012 Indianapolis Grand Prix
NationalityGerman
Born (1989-11-29) 29 November 1989 (age 30)[1]
Augsburg, West Germany
Current teamHRC Test Rider
Bike number6
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years20122016, 2018
ManufacturersHonda, Yamaha Forward, Aprilia
Championships0
2019 championship position21st (16 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
95 0 1 1 0 514
Moto2 World Championship
Active years20102011
ManufacturersSuter, Kalex
Championships1 (2011)
2011 championship position1st (274 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
33 5 12 7 3 371
125cc World Championship
Active years20052009
ManufacturersKTM, Aprilia
Championships0
2009 championship position10th (85 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
54 2 6 0 2 316
Superbike World Championship
Active years2017
ManufacturersHonda
Championships0
2017 championship position14th (67 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
14 0 0 0 0 54

CareerEdit

125cc World Championship (2005–2009)Edit

Born in Augsburg, West Germany, Bradl started his 125cc World Championship career in 2005 as a wild card for three races, competing in the 125cc German Championship with KTM. He took more wild card races in 2006, still with KTM. He had a terrible fracture when he was hit by another rider during practice for the 2006 Malaysian GP. Later that year he was competing again at the Red Bull KTM Junior.

Bradl was offered by Alberto Puig to ride his Repsol Honda factory 250cc team for 2007; he withdrew after a couple of tests, but did not stop racing. Later, he joined the 125cc Spanish Championship with Blusens Aprilia, winning the title just five points ahead of his teammate Scott Redding. Later he took a couple of wild card World Championship races, with the same team. Additionally, from the 2007 Portuguese GP onwards Blusens Aprilia Team principal Raúl Romero placed him in a second bike with veteran Pablo Nieto, replacing Dutchman Hugo van den Berg.

For 2008, rather than stay with Blusens Aprilia, he decided to ride for the German Grizzly Gas Kiefer Racing, on an official factory Aprilia RSA 125. He took his first win at Brno, fittingly a track his father won at in 1991.

Moto2 World Championship (2010–2011)Edit

2010Edit

 
Bradl at the 2010 Dutch TT

After moving up to the Moto2 class of Grand Prix racing in 2010, he went on to claim ninth in the championship, with one victory at Estoril.

2011Edit

2011 saw Bradl win four of the first six races, and maintained a healthy lead in the championship until Marc Márquez found significant speed halfway through the season. The championship seemed to be going down to the wire, with both Bradl and Márquez having a fair shot at the title with two rounds remaining. Márquez, however, suffered a heavy fall during free practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, and was unable to race for the remainder of the season, due to eyesight problems. Bradl was therefore crowned the World Champion at the final race of the season in Valencia, Spain.

MotoGP World Championship (2012–2016)Edit

2012Edit

Bradl was signed by the LCR Honda team. He had a good season, running consistently in the top-10, with a best result of fourth place obtained at the Italian Grand Prix.[2] He completed the season in eighth place, winning the Rookie of the Year award.[3]

2013Edit

Bradl battled consistently among the second group of riders, along with Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow and Álvaro Bautista. The highlight of his season was a pole-position at the United States Grand Prix, at Laguna Seca,[4] where he also finished second, achieving his first MotoGP podium. A crash towards the end of the season at the Malaysian Grand Prix – in which he broke an ankle[5] – took him out of contention in the battle for fifth place with Bautista and Crutchlow. He closed the season in seventh place with 156 points.

2014Edit

Bradl continued to ride for LCR Honda. However, on 2 August 2014, it was announced that Cal Crutchlow would join LCR Honda for the 2015 season and ride the factory-specification Honda RC213V.[6] Bradl subsequently announced a move to the Forward Racing team for 2015, riding an open-specification bike.[7]

2015Edit

For the 2015 season, Bradl moved to Forward Racing, riding a Yamaha Forward – where he was joined by Loris Baz, moving into the series from the Superbike World Championship. At the midway point of the season, Bradl had collected 9 points, despite missing his home race at the Sanchsenring due to injury.[8] After the summer break, Bradl parted company with the team, following the arrest of team boss Giovanni Cuzari. In August, Bradl joined Aprilia Gresini Racing for the remainder of the season.[9] His partnership with Gresini started with a 20th at Indianapolis, and scored his first points for the team, with 14th at Brno.

2016Edit

For the 2016 season, Bradl was moved to the Aprilia Gresini, partnered by Spanish rider Álvaro Bautista. He had collected 63 points, with no poles, fastest laps and podiums. He overall ranked 16th.

Superbike World Championship (2017)Edit

For the 2017 season, Bradl moved from MotoGP to Superbike World Championship, riding a Honda of the RedBull Honda Team. He only raced 6 full rounds and 4 half-rounds; taking up 67 points and ranked 14th in the list.

Return to MotoGP (2018–present)Edit

In 2018, Bradl returned to MotoGP as a wildcard rider. He raced with EG 0,0 Marc VDS Racing, HRC Racing, and LCR Honda. He collected 10 points and ranked 24th.

In 2019 he is contracted as a test rider for the Honda works MotoGP team. He raced in the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez as a wildcard entry and in the German, Czech Republic and Austrian Grand Prix as a replacement for the injured Jorge Lorenzo. Bradl finished 10th at Jerez as a wildcard rider. In his second outing as replacement for Jorge Lorenzo he finished 10th in Germany, 15th at Brno and 13th in Austria.

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2005 125cc KTM Red Bull ADAC KTM Juniors 3 0 0 0 0 1 35th
2006 125cc KTM Red Bull KTM Junior Team 9 0 0 0 0 4 26th
2007 125cc Aprilia Blusens Aprilia 9 0 0 0 0 39 18th
2008 125cc Aprilia Grizzly Gas Kiefer Racing 17 2 6 0 2 187 4th
2009 125cc Aprilia Viessmann Kiefer Racing 16 0 0 0 0 85 10th
2010 Moto2 Suter Viessmann Kiefer Racing 16 1 1 0 0 97 9th
2011 Moto2 Kalex Viessmann Kiefer Racing 17 4 11 7 3 274 1st
2012 MotoGP Honda LCR Honda MotoGP 18 0 0 0 0 135 8th
2013 MotoGP Honda LCR Honda MotoGP 16 0 1 1 0 156 7th
2014 MotoGP Honda LCR Honda MotoGP 18 0 0 0 0 117 9th
2015 MotoGP Yamaha Forward Athinà Forward Racing 17 0 0 0 0 17 18th
Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
2016 MotoGP Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 17 0 0 0 0 63 16th
2018 MotoGP Honda EG 0,0 Marc VDS 5 0 0 0 0 10 24th
HRC Honda Team
LCR Honda
2019 MotoGP Honda Team HRC 4 0 0 0 0 16 21st
Repsol Honda Team
Total 182 7 19 8 5 1201

By classEdit

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125cc 2005–2009 2005 Catalunya 2008 Qatar 2008 Czech Republic 54 2 6 0 2 316 0
Moto2 2010–2011 2010 Qatar 2010 Portugal 2010 Portugal 33 5 12 7 3 371 1
MotoGP 2012–2016, 2018–present 2012 Qatar 2013 United States 95 0 1 1 0 514 0
Total 2005–Present 182 7 19 8 5 1201 1

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pos Pts
2005 125cc KTM SPA POR CHN FRA ITA CAT
Ret
NED GBR GER
16
CZE
15
JPN MAL QAT AUS TUR VAL 35th 1
2006 125cc KTM SPA
DNQ
QAT
26
TUR
19
CHN
20
FRA
18
ITA
16
CAT
WD
NED
31
GBR
Ret
GER
18
CZE
12
MAL
DNS
AUS JPN POR VAL 26th 4
2007 125cc Aprilia QAT SPA TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT
9
GBR NED
10
GER
13
CZE
RSM
7
POR
6
JPN
15
AUS
Ret
MAL
13
VAL
Ret
18th 39
2008 125cc Aprilia QAT
3
SPA
4
POR
8
CHN
5
FRA
6
ITA
10
CAT
4
GBR
Ret
NED
12
GER
2
CZE
1
RSM
Ret
IND
3
JPN
1
AUS
2
MAL
Ret
VAL
Ret
4th 187
2009 125cc Aprilia QAT
8
JPN
4
SPA
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
8
CAT
7
NED
6
GER
Ret
GBR
Ret
CZE
7
IND
7
RSM
6
POR
4
AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
VAL
Ret
10th 85
2010 Moto2 Suter QAT
Ret
SPA
14
FRA
9
ITA
14
GBR
Ret
NED
19
CAT GER
9
CZE
9
IND
Ret
RSM
5
ARA
9
JPN
7
MAL
7
AUS
5
POR
1
VAL
Ret
9th 97
2011 Moto2 Kalex QAT
1
SPA
5
POR
1
FRA
3
CAT
1
GBR
1
NED
Ret
ITA
2
GER
2
CZE
3
IND
6
RSM
2
ARA
8
JPN
4
AUS
2
MAL
2
VAL
Ret
1st 274
2012 MotoGP Honda QAT
8
SPA
7
POR
9
FRA
5
CAT
8
GBR
8
NED
Ret
GER
5
ITA
4
USA
7
IND
6
CZE
5
RSM
6
ARA
Ret
JPN
6
MAL
Ret
AUS
6
VAL
Ret
8th 135
2013 MotoGP Honda QAT
Ret
AME
5
SPA
Ret
FRA
10
ITA
4
CAT
5
NED
6
GER
4
USA
2
IND
7
CZE
6
GBR
6
RSM
5
ARA
5
MAL
DNS
AUS
DNS
JPN
5
VAL
6
7th 156
2014 MotoGP Honda QAT
Ret
AME
4
ARG
5
SPA
10
FRA
7
ITA
Ret
CAT
5
NED
10
GER
16
IND
Ret
CZE
7
GBR
7
RSM
Ret
ARA
4
JPN
7
AUS
Ret
MAL
4
VAL
8
9th 117
2015 MotoGP Yamaha Forward QAT
16
AME
Ret
ARG
15
SPA
16
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
8
NED
Ret
GER 18th 17
Aprilia IND
20
CZE
14
GBR
Ret
RSM
16
ARA
18
JPN
18
AUS
21
MAL
10
VAL
18
2016 MotoGP Aprilia QAT
Ret
ARG
7
AME
10
SPA
14
FRA
10
ITA
14
CAT
12
NED
8
GER
DNS
AUT
19
CZE
14
GBR
Ret
RSM
12
ARA
10
JPN
10
AUS
11
MAL
17
VAL
13
16th 63
2018 MotoGP Honda QAT ARG AME SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GER
16
CZE
Ret
AUT GBR RSM
Ret
ARA THA JPN AUS MAL
13
VAL
9
24th 10
2019 MotoGP Honda QAT ARG AME SPA
10
FRA
ITA
CAT
NED
GER
10
CZE
15
AUT
13
GBR RSM ARA THA JPN AUS MAL VAL 21st 16

Superbike World ChampionshipEdit

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2017 Honda AUS
15
AUS
15
THA
10
THA
Ret
SPA
9
SPA
12
NED
6
NED
10
ITA
10
ITA
14
GBR
Ret
GBR
11
ITA
NC
ITA
10
USA
11
USA
11
GER
DNS
GER
13
POR
Ret
POR
DNS
FRA
FRA
SPA
SPA
QAT
QAT
14th 67

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ MotoGP profile
  2. ^ "Bradl edging towards first MotoGP podium". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. ^ "FIM Awards Ceremony in Valencia rounds off 2012 season". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  4. ^ English, Stephen (22 July 2013). "US MotoGP: Bradl makes it happen for debut podium". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Bradl on sidelines with fractured ankle". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Crutchlow to ride with CWM-LCR Honda in 2015". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 2 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  7. ^ "NGM Forward Racing sign Bradl for 2015". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  8. ^ "MotoGP Germany: Bradl out of home round, Corti to replace". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Bradl signs for Aprilia Racing Team Gresini". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 1 August 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2015.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Pol Espargaró
Spanish 125cc Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Efrén Vázquez