A seventh Honda rider took to the track in today’s MotoGP free practice sessions at Brno, with encouraging results in view of Sunday’s Czech Grand Prix.

HRC MotoGP test rider Stefan Bradl, who recently replaced fellow Honda rider Franco Morbidelli at the German GP (16th) and is racing as an HRC wildcard at Brno, set an impressive eighth-fastest time in the morning’s first practice session in 1’57.291, just over six tenths from the top.

The 2011 Moto 2 World Champion wasn’t able to improve on that mark when the higher temperatures of the afternoon affected the track’s grip, and he ended the day in 16th place (1.315″ off the top in the combined classification). Still, he is fully focused in sorting things out tomorrow in order to earn a good starting position for Sunday.

Stefan Bradl

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“All in all, it was a good day for us. This morning in particular I immediately felt good on the bike and was able to do some good lap times. It was nice to find myself in a top-10 position. This afternoon our main target was working on used tyres, but we struggled a bit because the grip level in the hot temperatures was very low. We tried a couple of setup adjustments that didn’t work out as we expected. We’ll work on our data to make some changes, as we aim to be as fast on used tyres in high temperatures as we were in the fresher morning conditions.”

Team HRC – MotoGP
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MotoGP 2018, Round 10

Friday 3 Aug 2018, 16:06 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Dani Pedrosa 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'55.976
2 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1'56.099
3 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Ángel Nieto Team Ducati +1'56.144
4 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1'56.200
5 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1'56.218
6 Maverick Viñales 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1'56.392
7 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1'56.480
8 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1'56.521
9 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1'56.535
10 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1'56.635
11 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1'56.644
12 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1'56.661
13 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1'56.915
14 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Castrol Honda +1'57.014
15 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati +1'57.205
16 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1'57.417
17 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1'57.473
18 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Team HRC – MotoGP Honda +1'57.479
19 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1'57.498
20 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1'57.506
21 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda +1'57.647
22 Thomas Luthi 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1'57.729
23 Scott Redding 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1'57.941
24 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Ángel Nieto Team Ducati +1'58.127
25 Xavier Simeon 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1'58.453
26 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki +1'58.617
Rider Standings
Sunday, 15 Jul 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 165 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 119 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
3 Maverick VIñALES 25 SPA 109 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
4 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 88 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 88 Ducati Team Ducati
6 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 85 Ducati Team Ducati
7 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 84 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 79 LCR Honda Castrol Honda
9 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 75 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
10 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 57 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
11 Alex RINS 42 SPA 53 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
12 Dani PEDROSA 26 SPA 49 Repsol Honda Team Honda
13 Alvaro BAUTISTA 19 SPA 44 Ángel Nieto Team Ducati
14 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 32 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
15 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 30 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
16 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 22 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
17 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 19 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
18 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 16 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
19 Bradley SMITH 38 GBR 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
20 Scott REDDING 45 GBR 12 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
21 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 10 LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda
22 Mika KALLIO 36 FIN 6 KTM Test Team KTM
23 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 4 Ángel Nieto Team Ducati