German HRC test rider Stefan Bradl will return to MotoGP duties in just one weeks time as he is set to replace Cal Crutchlow at LCR Honda.
Cal Crutchlow has been ruled out of the Australian, Malaysian and potentially Valencian Grand Prix after a highspeed get off at Doohan Corner (Turn 1) during FP2 at Phillip Island in what was a tricky session for the Honda manufacturer.
Due to the crash that the British rider suffered, Crutchlow sustained a broken right ankle forcing him out of the Australian Grand Prix, a race he won at two years ago. Due to this Lucio Cecchinello has drafted in German MotoGP TV Presenter and test rider Stefan Bradl to replace the rider from the Isle Of Man in 7 days time when the MotoGP field hit Malaysia for the penultimate round of the season.
Malaysia hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the 2011 Moto2 world champion seeing the chequered flag in six of the ten races at the Kuala Lumpur circuit, five of them in the points with one podium in 2011.
Stefan Bradl will return to the Lucio Cecchinello’s team for the first time in four years after riding for the satellite Honda team from 2012-2014. We have also seen Bradl make appearances in 2018 at Sachsenring, replacing the injured Franco Morbidelli where the German just missed out on a point. We have also seen the 28-year-old take part in the Czech and San Marino rounds but crashed out of both races.
Check out how Stefan gets on in his return to LCR Honda over the course of the penultimate round here at Nowmoto!