HRC test rider Stefan Bradl had to race with untried setup changes to his RC213V at the Red Bull Ring MotoGP round as his side of the garage were ‘in deep crisis’.
Bradl’s race setup was entirely different to any he had tried in free practice or qualifying, and a wet warm-up ensured he didn’t get to try the race settings before the lights went out in Austria.
The German struggled during qualifying and was then presented with more changes to try which took him for him to get a feel for. He came away from the race with three points and will now wait and see if he is needed at Silverstone.
“HRC is really happy. The cooperation is very effective and also very useful. But as a racer you want more, of course.
“I told them what I think of this situation. What can I say? I started the race again with a completely different set-up. But this happened at my request because we were in a deep crisis all weekend.
In the warm-up we wanted to try the new setup, but the weather was no help. In the race I rode with a completely different setup.
“We changed the set-up of the machine radically. Of course it took a while until I had a feeling. Even though I’m a test rider, my motivation and racing spirit are still there. You have to take that into account a little bit for the future.
“I didn’t have to test more parts than usual, but the steps were radical. The Red Bull Ring is not a circuit where you feel that very well. In my opinion this was a bit underestimated by HRC.”