Racing was Stefan Bradl’s father’s legacy, who was the 1991 World Championship Runner-up in the 250cc category. At age four his father presented him with the Honda QR50 cross pocket bike but being afraid of the noise, he took a while before taking it out. A lot has changed as he now, metaphorically at least, lives on his bike.
It was in 2006 that Bradl truly made racing his life career, riding full time. He really started to shine through in 2008 with the Kiefer Racing team. He ended the Grand Prix season in fourth position with six podium finishes including two wins. Great expectations had risen from that season, which further came true in 2011. He started the season strongly and finally claimed the Moto2 World Champion Title in Valencia and was the youngest racer ever to do so.
For 2012, the 22-year-old German signed for the LCR Honda Team to ride in MotoGP and claimed the Rookie of the Year Award thanks to his rapid adaptation to the category. During the whole season, he was never ranked below ninth position in a race, even finishing with an extraordinary fourth place at the Italian Grand Prix. He ended up with a very good eighth position in the overall World Championships - not bad for a first season in the big league.
For 2013, Stefan Bradl will stay with LCR Honda team and will be aiming for a place on the podium early on in the season. It is his cool attitude and the calm head on his young shoulders that has been his strength up until now and will continue to be the key to his success. It is what keeps him consistent. With these qualities, Stefan Bradl is bound to get results.
Congratulations to Stefan Bradl for his second place and first podium in the MotoGP class at Laguna Seca!
This was right after he won the pole position on Saturday.
We wish him all the best and hope that he continues on that winning streak.