Stefan Bradl: Marc Marquez, the Honda Repsol MotoGP rider, has been on the sidelines for part of the last three MotoGP seasons, which resulted in his test rider, Stefan Bradl, taking on a more significant role.
Bradl raced in 11 of the 13 rounds during the 2020 season, which was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and went on to compete in five races in 2021 and eight races in 2022.
Marc Marquez emphasized the importance of test riders pushing to their limits, as they provide valuable feedback and information to improve the overall performance of the team.
Despite being fast and providing valuable testing and feedback for new parts, Bradl has had the added pressure of filling in for Marquez, who is considered one of the top riders in MotoGP.
What did Stefan Bradl has to say?
The responsibility of replacing such a highly skilled rider has placed a significant burden on Bradl during three challenging seasons for Honda Repsol. In the “Behind the Dream” documentary produced by HRC, Bradl stated “Filling in for Marc is not easy, he’s an amazing world champion, and he’s had so much success with this team and these people.
On one hand, I feel honored, but on the other side there’s a lot of pressure on me.“Bradl has taken on a significant role for Repsol Honda as a test rider, filling in for the injured Marc Marquez during the last three MotoGP seasons.
He has raced in 11, 5, and 8 rounds respectively in 2020, 2021, and 2022. He acknowledges that taking on the role of replacing a world champion like Marquez comes with a lot of pressure but finds satisfaction in being able to provide valuable feedback to the team to improve the bike.
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He also notes that being a test rider doesn’t come with the same immediate results and emotions as racing, but he finds fulfillment in working with the team to improve the bike.
Stefan Bradl’s Recovery
During his recovery from shoulder surgery, Marc Marquez actively supported Stefan Bradl and Honda in the 2022 MotoGP season.
He returned to the paddock for the Austrian and Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, and also participated in a post-race test at Misano.”Having a good test rider is crucial in MotoGP,” said Marquez.
“It can be difficult to find the right person because they have to be fast, but not so fast that they would be an official rider.
They also have to be precise in their feedback and focused on the task at hand.”