MotoGP Stefan Bradl has a weak knee – but who will stay at Honda?

Honda does not improve if we take into account this latest news affecting drivers. A template decidedly tested, and more than anywhere else, which still calls into question the safety of this RC213V. We know that Marc Márquez is recovering from a fourth operation in two years of his right humerus. Taka Nakagami, on the other hand, has a more than sore shoulder since the Catalan Grand Prix. For his part, Pol Espargaró suffered so much from the wrinkled ribs of his successive falls that he threw in the towel in the middle of the Dutch Grand Prix while the reinforcement, tester and freelancer Stefan Bradl ended up with a burnt foot on his foot. race home at the Sachsenring. End of series? No. The operation awaits those who currently replace the eight-time world champion …

Unfavorable circumstances Marc Márquez they did Stefan Bradl to the house of Honda much more than a simple pilot test as can be found with other brands. To realize this, it should be noted that the German has competed in more races since the start of the MotoGP 2020 season in Jerez than the eight-time world champion. And while the other titular riders enjoy a five-week summer break, the 2011 Moto2 World Champion will be in Jerez this week to test new components for the Honda RC213V.

A real slave job because during racing weekends, Stefan Bradl highlighted the acceleration of performance in MotoGP and the increase in level quality. It is far from the mark, which did not stop rising Alberto Puigbut to better highlight his dedication: ” it helps us to have a driver on the gridit’s been more than decent time, but not at the level of a regular pilot, that’s obvious “The head of the Repsol Honda Team said in relation to the performance of his test driver.

Stefan Bradllike the other pilots Honda, also suffers from RC213V performance issues. Although he has taken part in half the races of the other drivers in the championship, the German has already had six accidents this year at the wheel of the Honda. This is the same number as, for example, the beginner Fabio Di Giannantonio or the HRC controller, Takaaki Nakagami.

Stefan Bradl: Maybe I wouldn’t be spared an operation this winter

It is one of his falls, suffered in Catalonia, which worries him today. She warns him in his left knee in a worrying way because it reminds him of the ordeal he has already suffered in his right knee … ” Since, Sometimes he felt pain in his left kneewhich was very inflated in the morning after the race in Catalonia “, dit Stefan Bradlwho still took part in Monday’s race in Barcelona.

Sometimes I have pain in my left knee since then. I have already consulted specialists, it appears the meniscus was affected he admits. ” But I protect my knee joints by avoiding unnecessary effort during training and I train more with the racing bike “And he told Speedweek, ‘ if my symptoms don’t improve permanently, I may not be spared an operation this winter “.

It would not be the first time the German had gone under the knife for a meniscus problem. In 2020, during the warm-up of the Algarve Grand Prix in Portimao, it crashed, a shock that directly affected this cartilaginous piece of the right leg, which then led to surgery to fix the problem.

In principle, unless the pain in the left knee gets worse with the weeks, Stefan Bradl should be able to complete the current season of the MotoGP Championship if Marc Márquez does not reappear until the final in Valencia, scheduled for November 6. But if the situation worsened, Honda perhaps he would be forced to remove from his WSBK culture broth, where he is Iker lecuona i xavi verge.

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