Stefan Bradl, Test Driver for Honda Racing Corporation, has a special relationship with Marc Marquez. The German was world champion in Moto2 in 2011, and his successor in the title was precisely the Spaniard.
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In 2012, the Augsburg native rose to MotoGP as one of motorcycling’s promises. However, the Barcelona man’s arrival just one season later halted his aspirations to do something great in the top flight.
in Chasing a dream, HRC documentary available on DAZN, Stefan Bradl tells us what it was like to stand in for Marc Marquez during his injury and the moments when he had the most fun and pain in his already long sporting career.
“I was very jealous when Marc came to MotoGP. We didn’t talk much because we were great, great rivals. I won the title against him, so I wanted to beat him and he was much faster,” confirms Cervera’s then team-mate – one at HRC and the other at LCR.
“I had no answer, how can I be faster than this guy? I don’t know, I’m doing my best, I’m accepting the situation at the moment, that I’m 23 years old. He is even younger. It was hard, it was very hard.”Stefan Bradl insists.
“I had a lot of respect for him as a pilot because he was incredibly talented, but He was faster than me and I hated that. It was, it destroyed me”admits the HRC test pilot.
🗣️ “I was so jealous when @marcmarquez93 came to MotoGP. It was very difficult, I respected him a lot because he had incredible talent, but he was faster than me and I hated that. He destroyed me.”
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Stefan Bradl reveals what it’s like to replace Marc Marquez
he was German Regular replacement for Marc Marquez in the Repsol Honda team when he has suffered injuries, such as in this 2022 MotoGP World Championship, in which the Spanish rider had to stop to recover from his fourth operation on his right humerus.
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“Replacing Mark is never easy, He is a great world champion. He was so successful in this team, with these people,” Stefan Bradl reveals in the second part of Chasing a Dream.
“On the one hand, I feel very privileged, but on the other hand I feel a great weight on my shoulders”added the German rider, who was atop the Japanese team’s official bike during the races in which the elder Marquez was absent.
Stefan Bradl and his sports career
In the HRC documentary series, Stefan Bradl also reviews the best moments but also the worstfrom his extensive sporting career in motorcycling.
“It’s an amazing story, to be honest, when I look back, when I started my first race in the World Championship, it was in 2005, here, at this place, in Barcelona. I was a boy, I was 15 years old. A journalist asked me, I don’t know what I was doing here, but where I wanted to go. I said it was easy to explain because it is was in a better position than my father and he finished second in the championship in 1991,” says the German driver.
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“20 years later I managed to become world champion and I have a tattoo on my back (world champion 1991-2001). that was likely the most emotional moment of my lifereveals Stefan Bradl.
“I was in Superbikes and it was one of the biggest mistakes of my life because this year I suffered like crazy. In May, Nicky Hayden has died at the accident with the bike and I was there alone in the team. I didn’t know what to do with my life, with the future and then I got a Taco’s call (Yokoyama – Technical Manager) in which he said to me: are you interested in being a test rider for the Honda MotoGP team? I said: yes I am very interested“, declares his most difficult moment in the race.
Stefan Bradl and his work as a test pilot
“To prepare here, to work with these people, it’s a privilege. You look at it differently if you compare it to 10 years ago. I wouldn’t walk into that room and say, hey, wrong address!”Stefan Bradl insists in the documentary, available on DAZN.
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“I feel satisfied when I see that my comments match the data. You know you don’t have that feeling of OK, you do a race and you directly have the result, your position. Is it good or bad. You have the sensations, the emotions. As a test pilot, you don’t have it. You race and race against the lap time. I don’t know, maybe I have a little talent to express myself mainly to convey my feelings about the bike to the people, to the technicians. Then we can improve the bike and that, that’s special,” the German relays.
“We are all working for the future, we try to do the best we are capable of and we take it in stride,” ending a season where Honda’s performance in the MotoGP World Championship has been widely criticised.